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Ethiopia seeks clarification from U.S. on aid cuts over Nile dam

Christian Fernsby |
Ethiopia has asked the U.S. government to clarify reports that Washington may withhold vital security aid following a dam dispute with neighbouring Sudan and Egypt.

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The US government is reportedly considering cutting $130m in aid that could affect security, counter-terrorism and anti-human trafficking programmes in Ethiopia, as part of a bid to pressure the country from going forward with its plans to fill the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Foreign Policy reported last week.

"We have asked for clarification on reports of the United States' decision not to give the $130 million it assigned to Ethiopia," Fitsum Arega, Ethiopia's ambassador to the US, said on Twitter on Monday.

"We have heard that the issue is related to the ongoing negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam."

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