Tunisia Keen to Facilitate GERD Talks among Ethiopia, Sudan & Egypt

ADDIS ABABA – Tunisia is keen to bring Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt together to constructively discuss the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), said Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Spokesperson Dina Mufti said this soon after the conclusion of a meeting between Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonen and Tunisia foreign minister Otman Jenardi held on the margins of the 40th AU ministerial session in Addis Ababa.

The two sides held positive discussion on “bilateral relationships and issues of common concern”, according to the ministry.

On the occasion, Tunisian Foreign Minister Jenardi has expressed his government’s desire to facilitate a constructive engagement between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt over the GERD, said Dina as per State-run news agency ENA’s report.

Meanwhile, Deputy PM Demeke has also held discussion with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita on Thursday.

During the meeting held on the sidelines of the AU ministerial session, Demeke said Ethiopia is keen on working with Morocco in tourism and agricultural sectors.

Last September, Ethiopia and Morocco’s State-Owned Company, OCP Group, signed a joint agreement in September 2021, to implement a fertilizer production project in Dire Dawa.

The project is expected to have an initial estimated investment of approximately USD 2.4 billion during the first phase to develop a 2.5-million-ton fertilizer production unit.