United Arab Emirates keen preparing to mediate GERD talks (between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan) which is said to take place in Abu Dhabi. Ethiopia has been advocating for African Solutions for African Problems
The United Arab Emirates is reportedly working on mediating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Talk (GERD) between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan.
Based on a report from Wazema radio, which cited sources from the Emirates, the Gulf country is making preparations to mediate the talks between the three countries in the weeks to come.
The United Arab Emirates is striving to make a “constructive role” in the GERD talk. The UAE aims to resolve points of disagreement regarding GERD, according to the source.
As part of its preparation to mediate the talk, UAE has organised a team of technical experts. The Country’s Minister for African Affairs, Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Nahyan, is said to be in charge of the mission to mediate the talk, which is expected to take place in Abu Dhabi.
The negotiation on GERD was happening under the auspices of the African Union with the aim of “African solutions for African Problem” after Ethiopia rejected the U.S. brokered talk which aimed at, as it became apparent later, benefiting Egypt at the expense of Ethiopia.
Negotiation within the framework of AU had been going on for over a year but no agreement was reached.
Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates have forged strong bilateral ties after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018. PM Abiy Ahmed’s government has been receiving financial and military aid from the Emirates.
Ethiopia has been advocating for the principle of African Solutions to African problems and it is unclear why Ethiopia agreed to a GERD talk that would take the matter out of Africa once again.
The United Arab Emirates has investments worth billions of dollars. It is also said to have an interest in Sudan in relation to food security and investment in the agricultural section.
Egypt and Sudan have been advancing positions that would compromise Ethiopia’s sovereign right to use water from the Nile (Abbay) over 85 percent of which originates from the Ethiopian Highlands.
In July 2021, Ethiopia conducted the second phase of filling the reservoir of the dam despite disagreements from Egypt and Sudan. The Ethiopians Dam currently has over 18 billion cubic metres of water and Ethiopia has started an early generation of power from the project with two turbines.
The third round of filling the reservoir is expected to take place in July of this year.
The Ethiopian government announced, last year, that over 85 percent of the project is completed. Up on completion, the dam will hold over 74 billion cubic metres of water and will generate 5,250 MW of power
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