Sudan Considering an Initiative by Head of the African Union regarding Renaissance Dam

The President of the African Union arrived in Sudan with a new initiative in hopes of removing the deadlock over the Renaissance Dam negotiations.

Khartoum: Altaghyeer

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, said on Saturday that the competent authorities in Sudan are studying an initiative presented by the President of the African Union and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, to remove the deadlock in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations.

The three countries have reached a deadlock in the ongoing Renaissance Dam crisis, in light of a military solution being considered, despite it’s exclusion by all sides.

The minister did not provide addition details regarding the contents of the Congolese president’s initiative.

Tshisekedi arrived with his initiative in Khartoum on Saturday, where he engaged in a series of meetings with Sudanese leaders upon his arrival.

Sudanese officials had previously expressed their disaffection with the African Union’s bias towards the Ethiopian side in the dam crisis.

They called for further expanding the negotiation umbrella to include the United Nations, the United States, and the European Union.

The Congolese president’s visit to the Sudanese capital coincides with the arrival of the United States’ Envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman.

Tshisekedi met with Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi.

The discussions focused mainly on the issue of disagreements over the Renaissance Dam between source and downstream countries.

Kinshasa had previously failed to converge views between Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia, in a round of negotiations it hosted last mont

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