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Egypt's Sisi to Meet With Ethiopia PM Over Nile Dispute

Egypt's Sisi to Meet With Ethiopia PM Over Nile Dispute

Sunday, 13 October, 2019 - 13:30
Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

Egypt's president says he will meet with the Ethiopian prime minister in efforts to restart critical talks over Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Cairo says threaten its water supply.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi said in televised remarks Sunday the meeting with Abiy Ahmed will take place in Russia.

Sisi didn't disclose the time of the meeting, but he will co-chair a two-day Russia-Africa summit on Oct. 23 in the coastal city of Sochi.

The development comes a week after Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan failed to resolve their differences in yet another round of meetings.

Egypt says filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam's giant reservoir will severely diminish its portion of waters downstream, and has called for international mediation to help reach a "fair and balanced" agreement.

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