July 15, 2020 / 4:45 PM / 22 days ago

Egypt seeks clarification on word of Ethiopia filling dam

FILE PHOTO: A handout satellite image shows a view of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia July 12, 2020. Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via REUTERS /File Photo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has asked Ethiopia for urgent clarification on whether it had started filling its Grand Renaissance dam on the Blue Nile, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

It was Cairo’s first official reaction after Ethiopia’s water minister said earlier in the day that Addis Ababa had begun the filling, a day after talks with Sudan and Egypt, which both depend on Nile water, became deadlocked.

Reporting by Nadine Awadalla and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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