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A U.S. Congress Delegation is Visiting Sudan to Discuss GERD Dispute

U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations members,Christopher Coons and Chris Van Hollen are expected to arrive in Khartoum, on Monday, for a three-day visit.

Khartoum, Al Taghyeer

During their visit, the congressmen will meet the head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council (TSC), Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, PM Abdalla Hamdok, Minister of Justice, NasredeenAbdulbari, and the Minister of Irrigation, Yasir Abbas, according to Sudan News Agency (SUNA).

Within the framework for strengthening the Sudanese-American relations, and discussing the latest developments on the Sudanese-Ethiopian borders, the Congressmen, will visit Um Rakuba Camp for Ethiopian refugees in al-Qadarif.

Since last November, the border crisis between Sudan and Ethiopia erupted, after the Sudanese army recaptured al-Fashaqa, which has been settled by Ethiopian farmers and militias for 26 years.

Sudan also wants to reach a binding agreement on GERD filling and operation before the second phase of filling, which expectednext July.

It is worth noting that Christopher Coons, U.S. Senator forDelaware, sponsored the Sudan Claims Resolution Act whichrestored Sudan’s sovereign immunity.

Despite the objection of the rest of the parties, Addis Ababa still plans to proceed with the second phase of filling GERDscheduled for next July.

After the Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed announced, a few days ago, that his country has reached its annual target of filling GERD, he returned today, Saturday, and affirmed that the second filling of GERD would be conducted in July and August.

Ethiopia has said it planned to complete the second phase of filling the dam during the upcoming rainy season, accusing external and internal parties of causing chaos and destabilization in the country.

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