Egypt’s PM reviews GERD developments ahead of anticipated meeting with Sudan, Ethiopia

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Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly headed a meeting of the country's Higher Committee for Nile Water on Tuesday, two days ahead of a scheduled meeting between the foreign and irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia about the long-running dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The Nile Water committee meeting discussed the latest developments concerning the disputed Ethiopian dam, which has been a source of concern for Egypt and Sudan since 2011. Tuesday's meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati, as well as representatives from the defence and irrigation ministries and the General Intelligence Service. The meeting comes amid preparation for the 19 November convention that will bring together the three African countries’ ministers to discuss how to reach a legally-binding agreement on the rules of filling and operating the near-complete dam in line with resolutions of the mini-African summit held in July. Thursday's six-member meeting will be held in response to a call from South Africa's foreign minister to discuss how to reach a mechanism to revive negotiations halted since August. The last round of negotiations between Cairo, Khartoum, and Addis Ababa, mediated by the African Union (AU), came more...