African Union to hold disputed Ethiopia dam meeting on August 3: Sudan

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The African Union is to hold a three-way meeting on Ethiopia’s controversial Nile dam project on August 3 with Sudan and Egypt, the Sudanese irrigation minister said onMonday.

The talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan held under the AU’s South African presidency will cover “outstanding issues,” Yasser Abbas told reporters, without elaborating.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a source of tension in the Nile River basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on it in 2011.

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Egypt and Sudan view the dam as a threat to vital water supplies, while Ethiopia considers it crucial for its electrification and development.

Ethiopia, in several rounds of talks overseen by the AU, has resisted the two Arab countries’ calls for a legally binding dispute resolution process.

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