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African Union Talks Give Egypt, Ethiopia Time to Resolve Nile Dam Dispute

  • Ethiopia to test power turbines following first-year filling
  • Egypt calls for comprehensive accord on use of Nile waters
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in 2019.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in 2019.Photographer: Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said they are committed to further African Union-led talks over Ethiopia’s mega dam on the Nile River, easing tensions that could recur in less than a year if an accord on water management isn’t concluded.

The nations pledged to give lawyers and other experts involved more time to discuss the agreement on how quickly the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s 74 billion cubic-meter reservoir can be filled, given the potential effect it will have on water flow through Sudan to Egypt.