Sudan Postpones GERD Meetings Following Ethiopia Unrest

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Following the unexpected resignation of Ethiopian prime minister, Sudan on Saturday decided to postpone a tripartite meeting including Egypt on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which was due to be hosted by Khartoum next week.

On Friday, Addis Ababa imposed the state of emergency in the country for six months, a day after Hailemariam Desalegn unexpectedly resigned from his position saying he wanted smooth political reforms in Ethiopia.

“In response to a request by the Ethiopian side, it was decided to postpone the tripartite meeting on the Renaissance Dam, which was to be hosted by Khartoum at its technical and ministerial levels on February 24 and 25, to a later date to be agreed upon by the three countries,” said the foreign ministry spokesperson.

“Political developments after the resignation of the Ethiopian Prime Minister and the ongoing arrangements for the appointment of his successor have led the brotherly Republic of Ethiopia to request the postponement of the meetings until the election of a new Prime Minister,” said the statement.

Ambassador Garib-Allah Khidir further said the meeting was decided during a meeting between the Egyptian and Sudanese presidents and the Ethiopian prime minister, held on the sidelines of the African Union summit last month.