Experts’ Talks over GERD Cancelled after Sudan No-Show

ADDIS ABEBA – The virtual meeting of the Minister of Water Affairs of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan scheduled for Monday could not be held due to the non-attendance of the delegation of the Sudan, according to the chair of the meeting.

On Sunday, Foreign and water ministers of the three nations agreed reconvene on Jan 10 to discuss on the outcome of GERD negotiation at expert level this week.

But the first meeting expected to be held on Monday at the expert level failed to materialize after Sudanese experts no show.

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Delegation of Egypt, AU assigned experts, and observers attended the meeting following the invitation extended by Ethiopia – the chair of the meeting.

Ethiopia, while communicating its reservations to the chairperson of the AU Executive Council, had agreed to adopt the document drafted by the AU assigned experts as an input to the trilateral negotiation.

“Nevertheless, the meeting planned to take stock of agreed and outstanding issues could not be held due to the absence of the Sudanese delegation,” said Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy.

Ethiopia notified this development to the chairperson of the AU Executive Council, it added.

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