Heightened tensions and a potential opening amid a renewed flurry of action on GERD

Source: Middle East Institute

Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk

Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-iraqs-ongoing-cycle-successes-and-disasters#mabrouk

Sudanese patience and good nature are legendary, but apparently even national traits can be stretched to the limit.

On Saturday, the Sudanese minister for irrigation and water resources, Yasser Abbas, indicated that Sudan had had enough. In a television interview Abbas firmly took Ethiopia to task on two points. In the first case he condemned Ethiopia for shooting down Sudan’s proposal for an international quartet (the African Union [A.U.], the European Union, the United Nations, and the U.S.) to mediate negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after Egypt had agreed to it. 

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