Ethiopia halts work at its embassy in Egypt for ‘economic reasons’

Ethiopia announced on Sunday it is suspending work at its embassy in Egypt, starting October, citing “financial and economic reasons.”

Ethiopian Ambassador to Cairo, Marcos Tekele, said in press statements reported by Egyptian media outlets that the duration of the suspension may extend between three to six months.

The crisis of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) between Cairo, Addis Ababa, and Khartoum have witnessed new developments after the Security Council’s statement that the three countries should return to the negotiating table and reach a binding and final agreement.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that reaching a binding agreement on the Renaissance Dam would spare the region a complex scene that Egypt would not want and whose consequences are not good.

Cairo always looks forward to a binding legal agreement that achieves the interests of the three countries, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, and ends this crisis, Shoukry added.

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