Water Conflict Between Egypt and Ethiopia: A Defining Moment for Both Countries

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Khalil al-Anani

Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/water-conflict-between-egypt-and-ethiopia-a-defining-moment-for-both-countries/

On June 9, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan resumed talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which have been stalled since February. The new round of talks, held virtually due to COVID-19, among the three countries’ ministers of water and irrigation saw agreement on guidelines for the first stage of filling and operating the GERD and on safety rules. However, the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the controversial dam is far from resolution. Had the recent round led to better outcomes, the impact of GERD on the bilateral relationship between Cairo and Addis Ababa would still be significant for the foreseeable future.

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