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Sudan and Ethiopia agree to resume Nile talks

Prime ministers of Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to resume negotiations on the filling and use of the Grand Renaissance Dam [GERD], signalling a partial end to tensions over the Nile waters.

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok on Thursday in a video conference with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, agreed to have respective water ministers restart talks on the controversial project.

REJECTED PROPOSAL

Sudan, which also depends on the Nile, had been the sort-of go-between between Egypt and Ethiopia, who have wrangled over the $4.5 billion project on the Blue Nile since it was launched nearly a decade ago.

But Sudan surprised Ethiopia last week when it rejected the proposal by Addis Ababa to fill the GERD starting July, in the absence of a tripartite agreement.

A dispatch on Thursday said the two leaders insisted on the importance of the return of the three parties to the negotiating table to complete the remaining part of the agreements to fill and operate the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, as was done in the negotiating tracks in recent months.

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