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Nile Powers Set New Deadline to End Dam Spat After Trump Meeting

  • Tensions flared between Egypt, Ethiopia over giant dam project
  • U.S., World Bank to attend series of upcoming technical talks
The under-construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia on May 21.
The under-construction Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz Region of Ethiopia on May 21.Photographer: Zacharias Abubeker/Bloomberg
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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan set a Jan. 15 deadline to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of a giant Ethiopian dam on a Nile tributary after a U.S.-brokered meeting sought to ease rising tensions.

The commitment followed the U.S.’s first significant intervention in the long-running dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has put two of Washington’s most prominent African allies at odds over the use of crucial freshwater supplies.