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Egypt’s foreign minister in Burundi to seek support on Ethiopian mega-dam dispute

Burundi is Sameh Shoukry’s first stop in an African tour which includes South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Niger and Rwanda

Ahram Online , Tuesday 17 Mar 2020
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Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to deliver a message from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Tuesday, as Cairo attempts to garner international support in its dispute with Addis Ababa over the dam.

According to a foreign ministry spokesman, Shoukry also delivered a message from El-Sisi on bilateral cooperation.

Burundi is Shoukry’s first stop in an African tour which will also see visits to South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Niger and Rwanda.

Over the past weeks, Egyptian officials have delivered messages on developments related to the GERD to Gulf and European partners, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, France and the European Union, in an attempt to seek support amid a rift with Ethiopia over the mega-dam, after Washington-mediated talks failed. 

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