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Sudan is “in settlement” with Ethiopia over its Blue Nile dam

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Sudan’s de facto chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has stated that Khartoum and Addis Ababa are “aligned and in settlement” on a controversial Ethiopian dam on the Blue Nile which Egypt views as a menace.

Burhan’s remarks got here throughout a gathering on Thursday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who was on a one-day go to to Khartoum, his first since Burhan led a 2021 army coup.

“Burhan emphasised… that Sudan and Ethiopia are aligned and in settlement on all points concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD),” in line with a press release by the sovereign council, which he chairs.

The dam has been the supply of tensions between Ethiopia and downstream nations, Egypt and Sudan, ever since work started in 2011.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed “confirmed that the Renaissance Dam won’t trigger any hurt to Sudan however can have advantages for it by way of electrical energy,” the assertion stated.

A number of rounds of talks between the three governments have failed to provide an settlement over the filling and operation of the reservoir.

Egypt depends on the Nile for irrigation and consuming water and the Blue Nile accounts for greater than 80 % of its move.