US, EU to Mediate in GERD Dispute

Sudan’s Sovereign Council chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. (Reuters)
Sudan’s Sovereign Council chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. (Reuters)
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US, EU to Mediate in GERD Dispute

Sudan’s Sovereign Council chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. (Reuters)
Sudan’s Sovereign Council chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. (Reuters)

The United States and the European Union have expressed readiness to mediate in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) dispute.

Sudan’s Sovereign Council chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan received on Monday US Special Envoy for Sudan Ambassador Donald Booth and Head of the European Union Delegation to Sudan Ambassador Robert van den Dool at the presidential palace in Khartoum.

They discussed the differences between Khartoum, Cairo and Addis Ababa over the mega dam and tensions on the eastern borders between Sudan and Ethiopia.

According to a Sovereign Council press statement, Burhan called on the US and EU to contribute to reaching a joint agreement over the GERD and promote the peace process in Sudan.

He affirmed Khartoum’s adherence to peaceful and diplomatic solutions on disputed issues with Addis Ababa.

Meanwhile, both officials stressed the need to reach a diplomatic solution for the GERD dispute based on a satisfactory approach for the three parties.

The approach should ensure Ethiopia’s ability to generate power, Sudan’s territorial integrity and dam security and Egypt’s water rights, the statement read.

They also hailed the government’s signing of the declaration of principles with Abdelaziz al-Hilu’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-N al-Hilu), which will pave the way to achieve a comprehensive peace in Sudan.

Van den Dool said the EU is ready to support the economic reform process taking place in Sudan and contribute to the government’s Family Support program, which will provide direct cash transfers each month to support vulnerable families.

Booth arrived in Khartoum on Monday for a two-day visit as part of a regional tour, which will include Egypt, Ethiopia and the Central African Republic.

The Sudanese government had previously proposed to expand the mediating parties to include the EU, United Nations, US and African Union in the hopes of reaching a breakthrough in deadlocked GERD talks.



Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

The Middle East was reeling Sunday from deadly violence with Israel bombing Gaza, Lebanon and Yemen in quick succession in response to attacks from Iran-backed militant groups.
Despite Washington's top diplomat asserting a deal is near the "goal line" to end more than nine months of devastating war between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, the Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen, as it pressed on with its offensive in the besieged Palestinian territory, Agence France Presse reported.
Dozens have been killed since Saturday across the Gaza Strip, the civil defense agency said, including in strikes on homes in the central Nuseirat and Bureij areas and displaced people near southern Khan Yunis.
Residents said a major operation was underway in the district of Rafah in the south, reporting heavy artillery and clashes.
The deadly strikes in Gaza came hours after Hezbollah and its ally Hamas said they fired at Israeli positions from south Lebanon, while Yemen's Houthi group vowed to respond to Israeli warplanes hitting a key port.
The fire left raging by the strikes on Hodeida port "is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said.
Detailing the first strikes claimed by Israel in Yemen, Gallant warned of further operations if the Houthis "dare to attack us" after a Houthi drone strike killed one in Tel Aviv on Friday.
In Hodeida three people were killed and 87 wounded, health officials said in a statement carried by Houthi media.
Netanyahu travels to Washington
The trio of militant groups has vowed to keep up attacks on Israel until a truce ends the violence in Gaza, which lies in ruins, with most residents forced to flee their homes.
The Gaza war was triggered by Hamas's October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,195 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.
The militants also seized 251 hostages, 116 of whom are still in Gaza, including 42 the Israeli military says are dead.
Israel's military retaliation to wipe out Hamas has killed at least 38,919 people, also mostly civilians, according to data from the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The war has also unleashed hunger and health crises in Gaza, with Israel and the United Nations trading blame for vital aid supplies failing to reach those in need.
After the detection of poliovirus in Gaza sewage, though no individual cases, the World Health Organization said there were "monumental" constraints to mounting a timely response.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said Friday the agency believes many more diseases are "spreading out of control" inside Gaza.
The premier is due to address US lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, where he will be under pressure to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday a truce was within reach.
"I believe we're... driving toward the goal line in getting an agreement that would produce a ceasefire, get the hostages home, and put us on a better track to trying to build lasting peace and stability," he said.