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  • Historical Lessons for Fighting Pandemics

    By Abel Merawi

    COVID-19-EthiopiaApril 8, 2020 ( -- Facing reality is not always easy, yet it is necessary for survival. There are some facts we try to avoid for we fear the changes that accompany them. There is a philosophical scenario used to examine how people deal with reality; it runs as follows: Imagine yourself in bed surrounded by nothing except the deep darkness and windy rain outside. Suddenly, you heard footsteps lurking and stealthily stepping closer. You are gripped with utter dread as your mind rushes to assign meaning to the sounds you heard. Will you comfort yourself saying it was just a dream? Will you pretend it was the sound of wind and rain? Or, will you call it by its name and admit there is someone outside – most likely a burglar? In a logical world, you would have to first check and identify with caution the source of the fo

  • Ethiopian Airlines Lost over $550m due to COVID-19: CEO

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-Losses-COVID-19April 7, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Airlines has lost more than $550 million in revenue due to the deadly coronavirus as confirmed cases of the pandemic in the country hits 52.

    In a briefing on Tuesday, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Geberemariam said the loss revenue occurred because of the suspension of 91 international flights as COVID-19 restricts movements of almost half of the world population.

    Tewolde said COVID-19 pandemic has hit the aviation industry hard as travel demand collapsed and some countries impose travel bans to try and contain the pandemic.

    “Had the airlines not been backed by its cargo, maintenance and hotel services, its operation would have been hampered badly,” he said

    According to the CEO, Ethiopian Airlines still flies to 19

  • Ethiopian Government Lifts Telecom Ban on West Oromia Amid International Outcry

    By Staff Reporter

    Wollega-EthiopiaApril 1, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has lifted telephone and internet services ban it imposed on four zones in Wellega in Oromia regional state of western Ethiopia.

    The government had suspended mobile phone networks, landlines, and internet services in western Oromia’s Kellem Wellega, West Wellega, and Horo Gudru Wellega zones since it launched a counterattack in mid last year against the rebel force known as “Shene.”

    In a briefing on Tuesday, President of the Oromia region Shimeles Abdissa blamed the rebel group for the destruction of telecom infrastructures and facilities in the four zones and subsequent breakdown of communication services.

    The president said the regional government has decided to restore the telecom services after the security threats in the fou

  • Human Struggle Against Pandemics: Historical Perspective

    By Abel Merawi

    Black-DeathApril 1, 2020 ( -- The history of human beings has been a constant struggle for survival. The war, from past to present, has been fought on three major fronts: against other human beings, against natural accidents such as earthquakes, and against epidemics. Of the three, most human lives were taken by epidemics caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites. In explaining the reason, Bryan Walsh in the article, ‘Covid-19: The history of pandemics’ states, “But when a virus – like the novel coronavirus – infects a host, that host becomes a cellular factory to manufacture more viruses.” It is by making us both victims and infectors that plagues spread. With the current alarming global spread of COVID-19, I deem it necessary to refer to the past and show our struggle against epidemics. Accordingly, we will

  • Adama City Freezes Transportation Services over COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    Adama-city-EthiopiaMarch 30, 2020 ( -- The Oromia Region Communication Bureau announced a total suspension of transportation services in Adama city after three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the region’s capital.

    Gizachew Gebissa, Deputy Head of the Bureau said human movements also were restricted in the city in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.

    The Ministry of Health on Sunday in a statement said five more people have tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 21.

    According to the statement, all the five confirmed cases are Ethiopians nationals.

    The first case is a 28-year-old woman with a travel history to Brussels, Belgium and Cameroon on March 17th and 19th, respectively, the statement noted.

    The other two case

  • Ethiopia Announces 1st Recovery from COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    CoronaVirusMarch 29, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has announced the first patient who was recovered from the deadly (COVID-19), the country’s ministry of health said.

    “Out of 16 confirmed cases for coronavirus, the country reported the first recovery from the deadly virus,” the Ministry said in a statement.

    The Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Friday reported four more confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 16.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had expressed concern over the spread of the virus and anticipated that fast in the coming days.

    Last week, two Japanese nationals, who have tested positive for the virus left for their country and now there are 13 people who are still positive.

    In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, Eth

  • Fano Will Not Lay Down Arms If Demands Are Not Met: Chairman

    By Staff Reporter

    Fano-AmharaMarch 28, 2020 ( -- An armed group in Amhara state of northern Ethiopia known as "Fano" has accused the regional and federal governments of joining hands to get rid of its structure by force.

    The Chairman of Fano Solomon Atanaw said the “Fano” will not lay arms down before the demands of the Amhara people are met.

    In an interview with local media, Solomon said the demands include the return of Welqait, Raya, Dera, and Metekel zones to be part of the Amhara region.

    The Chairperson also said members of the national defense forces and security forces of regional government have launched attacks against the Fano group and killed its members.

    “The latest attack was committed at a locality 18 in Gonder City around Gazebo Hotel where the national defense force had used he

  • Administrative, Security Bureau Head of Nekemt city Gunned Down

    By Staff Reporter

    Nekemte-Oromia-EthiopiaMarch 25, 2020 ( -- Teshome Genti, Administrative and Security Bureau Head of Nekemt city in Oromia region in western Ethiopia, was shot dead.

    Teshome was killed on Wednesday afternoon by unidentified gunmen near his house in Nekemet city, eyewitnesses told

    Administrative and Security Bureau Deputy Head of the regional government Abebe Geressu told local media that he heard Teshome was shot but did not know if he was dead.

    It is recalled that last month Administrative and Security Affairs Head of Burayu town, Solomon Tadesse, was shot by unidentified gunmen.

    Neither any party claimed responsibility for the killing nor the regional security force apprehend the killers even if the later vowed to do so in the shortest time possible.

    It is not clear wh

  • Ethiopia Orders Public Servants to Stay Home over COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    Civil-servants-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has ordered the country’s public servants to stay and deliver services at home as part of efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

    In an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, the council of ministers passed the decision that government employees will work from home effective March 25, 2020, until further notice.

    The government offices will select employees who will carry out tasks from home based on criteria to be set by each office, the council of ministers said in a statement.

    The decision was to ease overcrowding in public transport services and stations as well as in offices to control possible contamination of COVID-19.

    Employees working from home are expected to be accessible at any time and deliver

  • Ethiopian Airlines Suspends Flights to Over 30 Countries Due to COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-Airlines-suspend-flightsMarch 20, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday announced that the Ethiopian Airlines will suspend international flights to over 30 countries due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    The flag-carrier has been facing low demand for its travel services even though it introduced various prevention techniques including the disinfection of its airplanes before take-off, after landing and onboard.

    Abiy did not mention the names of the countries nor spoke about the duration of the suspension and if the ban has to do with those high-risk countries affected by the coronavirus.

    Announcing his cabinet decision, Abiy also said all passengers arriving in Ethiopia from other countries will be kept in separate rooms for at least 14 days until their status was known for the virus.

  • Armed Men Kill At Least 8 People in Benishangul-Gumuz Region

    By Staff Reporter

    Benishangul-Gumuz-killedApril 9, 2020 ( -- At least eight people were killed in Gilgel Beles town of Benishangul Gumuz regional state in western Ethiopia due to ethnic-based attacks.

    Residents of the town told that members of the government security forces were deployed in the town but were not willing to stop the ethnic skirmishes.

    The clashes which began last Friday have expanded in rural localities of the region and continue to claim more lives and destroy properties.

    The clashes reportedly were critical in 01 and 02 Kebeles (localities) and around at a place called China Camp where three houses were burned down.

    The attack was carried by an organized armed youth group who also selectively attacked government offices, forcing the employees to leave offices.

    The attack

  • Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency due to COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopia-State-of-EmergencyApril 8, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has declared a five-month state of emergency in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus effective Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

    Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in a statement announced the state of emergency under Article 93 of the constitution as the pandemic is getting worse in the country.

    "I call upon everyone to stand by the side of the government but any actions that will undermine the fight against the pandemic will be met with grave legal actions," he said

    The premier said the government will take even tougher measures in a bid to rescue the current generation from the pandemic.

    The government of Ethiopia had already taken mitigation measures in response to the outbreak, including closing schools, banning public gatherin

  • History of Pandemics in Ethiopia

    By Abel Merawi

    Epidemics-EthiopiaApril 6, 2020 ( -- In talking about the isolation of Ethiopia from the world, the British historian Edward Gibbon has said, “Ethiopians slept nearly a thousand years, forgetful of the world by whom they were forgotten.” Accordingly, one would assume such a country to be free from the pandemics that threatened the world. This is a common yet mistaken assumption shared by both foreigners and Ethiopians. The lack of documentation and inaccessible is also another contribution to this view. In truth, pandemics are not new to Ethiopia for they have managed to creep into the country time and again. As Richard Pankhurst argues, a variety of influenza has occurred as far back to at least the 17th century, and some coincided with international outbreaks. For instance, the overlapping of time and symptoms indicates the

  • Ethiopia Reports First Death Due to COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopia-reports-first-deathApril 5, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Public Health Institute on Sunday reported the country's first death due to deadly coronavirus.

    The fatality comes as Ethiopia reports five additional cases of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 43.

    The latest patients are three Ethiopians, an Eritrean and Libyan nationals.

    The 60 year old Ethiopian deceased has been in a treatment center where she was in critical health condition after she was diagnosed for the virus on March 31, 2020.

    Prior to the death report, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in a video message, urged the citizens to be responsible and follow the directives of the health professionals as the government battles against the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Ethiopian General Elections Postponed Due to Coronavirus: NEBE

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-elections-postponedApril 1, 2020 ( --- The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has postponed the much anticipated general elections which were set to be held late August this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    The board in a statement said coronavirus situations and the series of measures taken by the federal and regional governments infringed the board’s schedule to carry out pre-election activities.

    In February this year, the board announced the national elections would take place on August 29, 2020, following consultations with political parties and concerned stakeholders.

    In its four-point resolution, the board, however, said it froze time table and ceased its all activities following an assessment it had conducted on the impact of COVID-19 on its operation

  • Ethiopian Regional States Impose Travel Ban to Halt Spread of COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-statesMarch 30, 2020 ( -- Several regional states in Ethiopia have imposed a travel ban in the hope of slowing down the spread of coronavirus, while cases in the country slowly but steadily increased.

    The horn African nation has reported a total of 23 cases so far and most patients have been infected with the virus when traveling overseas, but five cases of local transmissions were now also under investigation.

    Accordingly, the Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, Benishangul Gumuz and South Nations Nationalities Peoples States have imposed lockdown and travelers cannot go into the regions effective Monday, March 30, 2020.

    The Oromia regional government also announced totally suspension of transportation services in all cities and towns of the region until further notice.

    Meanwhile, authorities in Tig

  • Ethiopia Suspends More Flights, Introduces Local Medicine to Contain COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    COVID-19March 29, 2020 ( -- The government of Ethiopia has announced further measures ranging from suspension of additional flights to the invention of local medicines in order to contain the deadly (COVID-19).

    Announcing the government’s decisions, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the Ethiopian Airlines has suspended flights to a total of 72 destinations, up from 30 what it did early last week.

    The Prime Minister said more than 134 facilities have been identified for quarantine, isolation and treatment centers including the Grand Millenium Hall with varying levels of equipment.

    The government also announced a tax exemption for the import of materials and equipment to be used in the prevention and containment of COVID-19.

    As part of an effort to stabilize the economy, the National

  • Amnesty International Calls on Ethiopian Authorities to Rescue Abducted Students

    By Staff Reporter

    Dembi-Dollo-Kidnap-VictimsMarch 26, 2020 ( -- Amnesty International is calling on the Ethiopian authorities to disclose measures it has taken to rescue 17 Amhara students of Dembi Dolo University in Western Oromia, who were abducted by unidentified people in November 2019 and have been missing since.

    The anguish of the students’ families is exacerbated by a phone and internet shutdown implemented in January across the western Oromia region further hampering their efforts to get information about their missing loved ones, Amnesty International said in a statement on Thursday.

    “The sense of fear and uncertainty spreading across Ethiopia because of COVID-19 is exacerbating the anguish of these students’ families, who are desperate for information on the whereabouts of thei

  • Ethiopia Shutdowns Universities, Releases Prisoners over COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    COVID-19March 25, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the temporary closure of higher learning institutions in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) among university communities.

    The announcement came a day before the over 40 universities denied students to leave campus in a circular amid growing concerns of overcrowding in dormitories and lecture classes.

    The universities will cover transportation fares of the students back to their families but did not give clear information as to when the students will restart classes.

    A month and a half ago, the Ministry of Science and Higher Learning Education announced that about 35,000 university students left for their family due to ethnic-based violence on the campus which left at least 20 students

  • Crisis Profiteers

    By: Abel Merawi

    Birr-EthiopiaMarch 24, 2020 ( -- The COVID-19 global epidemic has continued to be the saddest and most threatening concern of the entire human race. At a time when global action and solidarity is crucial, the inhumane and ignorant measures taken by some people is incomprehensible. Though there are many aspects to consider, I am specifically going to address the case of crisis profiteers in my own country – Ethiopia. As soon as the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Ethiopia, the price of some goods started to increase. It began with medical kits including sanitizers, disinfectants, antibiotics, face masks, and rubbing alcohol. After a short while, the price of consumable goods such as oil, rice, teff, and other crops showed an increase. Finally, following the rumors about plants that can help fight the virus, there was a price incre

  • New Rebel Movement Emerges in Northern Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    Rebel-GondarMarch 24, 2020 ( -- A new rebel movement has emerged in Gonder city of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia with members made of ethnic Amhara people who seek to overthrow the regional and by extension central government.

    The Gondar city administration on Tuesday accused the rebel forces of killing and kidnapping people, confiscating private and public properties including buildings, collecting money from investors by force as well as breaking checkpoints and grabbing state-owned lands.

    The administration in a statement said the armed group has also released hundreds of legal prisoners and looted weapons from police stations.

    The regional government has demanded the force to disarm and surrender to the government peacefully until next Monday, April 1, 2020.

    Residents of the city told Ezeg

  • Ethiopia Closes Borders to Control COVID-19

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopia-BorderMarch 23, 2020 ( -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced the closure of borders prohibiting humans crossing into the country as measure to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

    The premier directed the National Defence Forces to halt the movement of people along all borders, with the exception of incoming essential goods to the country.

    In a live broadcast on Monday, the premier said several people have failed to maintain the recommended social distance between one person to another particularly in churches, transportation services and public places across the country.

    Abiy said members of the national defense forces and federal police will begin to reinforce measures taken by the government to cease large gatherings and maintain social distancing.

    He called on go

  • PM Abiy Hints Postponement of National Elections Due to Coronavirus

    By Staff Reporter

    Ethiopian-ElectionsMarch 20, 2020 ( -- Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has hinted that the 6th national elections would be postponed if the spreading of coronavirus is not contained in time.

    Speaking to journalists on Friday Abiy said the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) is undertaking its own assessment if the country can conduct the elections on August 29, 2020.

    Several political parties, including the Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), are insisting the government conduct the elections as per the constitution.

    They claimed failing to conduct the elections will subject the nation to “stateless” and unfolding political crisis as the legitimacy of the ruling Prosperity Party will end next Ethiopian New Year.

    If the current COVID-19 cha

  • Ethiopian Government Accuses OLF of Supporting Rebel OLF-Shene

    By Staff Reporter

    OLFMarch 18, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian ruling party has accused the Oromia Liberation Front (OLF) led by Daud Ibssa of supporting OLF-Shene which is engaged in guerrilla fighting in western Ethiopia.

    OLF on its part denies the allegations and, rather, blamed the ruling prosperity party for engaging in mass detention and harassment against its members and supporters as the 6th national elections approach.

    Chairman of OLF Daud Ibssa told the VOA Amharic service that the ruling party is creating hurdles for opposition political parties including OLF to mobilize supporters, gather signatories and holding meetings.

    Dawd mentioned the recent apprehension of OLF central committee member Hunde Derara as a case in point while he was coming from Bale zone of Oromia region to Addis Ababa after gathering signature

  • Was Ethiopia the Victim in a Foolhardy Middle East Peace Plan

    By Staff Reporter

    Kushner-NetanyahuMarch 17, 2020 ( -- According to a report on Al Jazeera, Ethiopia may have been a victim of a Middle East diplomacy unrelated to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. The dam negotiations may have been taken over by an ambitious, if foolhardy, project to settle the Israeli-Palestinian dispute by Jared Kushner, a senior advisor to President Donald Trump..

    According to the report, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, and senior advisor, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, have been pushing for the acceptance of this Middle East peace plan, dubbed the 'deal of the century,' (DoC). Several countries were enticed to support the proposal, including

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  • UN Expresses Concerns over Communication Shutdown in Western Ethiopia

    By Staff Reporter

    UN-HRMarch 29, 2020 ( -- The UN High Commission for Human Rights expressed its concerns over the sustained shut down of Internet and telephone lines in western Oromia amidst the spread of COVID-19.

    “We are very concerned by the continued communications shutdown in parts of Ethiopia, and more broadly call on all countries to ensure that everyone has ready and unhindered access to the internet and phone services, all the more in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Geneva-based UN Rights Commission said.

    It mentioned Ethiopia imposed an Internet and communications blackout on 7 January, citing security concerns, blocking internet access and phone services in areas under federal military control – namely western Oromia’s Kellem Wellega, West Wellega, and the Horo Gudru Wellega zones.

    The shutdown coincided with government military operations

  • Anti-Foreigner Sentiment Rising in Ethiopia Due to COVID-19: US Embassy

    By Staff Reporter

    Addis-Ababa-US-EmbassyMarch 18, 2020 ( -- The US Embassy in Addis Ababa said it continues to receive reports regarding a rise in anti-foreigner sentiment revolving around the announcement of COVID-19 in Ethiopia.

    In a statement it issued on Wednesday, the embassy said typical derogatory comments directed at foreigners, the terms “China” and “Ferengi” (foreigner), have been reportedly coupled with the label “Corona,” indicating a disparaging view on the link between the outbreak of COVID-19 and foreigners in Ethiopia.

    Incidents of harassment and assault directly related to COVID-19 have been reported by other foreigners living within Addis Ababa and other cities throughout the country, the embassy said   

    Reports indicate that foreigners have been attacked with stones, denied transporta

  • Ethiopia Working on New Proposal on Filling, Operation of GERD

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-filling-EthiopiaMarch 11, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia is to come up with a new proposal on the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) which will be tabled for discussion shortly with the downstream countries of the Nile.

    The new proposal is drafted jointly by members of the Ethiopian negotiating group, water engineers from different universities and legal experts drawn from the federal attorney general and ministry of foreign affairs.

    A PR expert in the Ministry of Water Irrigation and Energy told that Ethiopia’s new proposal will be tabled for discussion with Egypt and Sudan but others members of Nile basin countries can participate if they are interested to.

    It is not clear why Ethiopia wanted to bring in a new proposal on the filling of the GERD's reservoir.

    “The new proposal is prepared in a way

  • Final Testing, Filling of GERD Should Not Take Place Without Agreement: US

    By Staff Reporter  

    February 29, 2020 ( -- The United States says final testing and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) should not take place without an agreement between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

    In a statement issued on Friday, the U.S. Treasury Secretary said it shares the concerns of downstream populations in Sudan and Egypt due to unfinished work on the safe operation of the GERD, and the need to implement all necessary dam safety measures in accordance with international standards before filling begins.

    US statement comes after Ethiopia withdrew from the Washington facilitated talks and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin held in separate bilateral meetings with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Ministers of Water Resources of Egypt and Sudan.

    The statement also followed hundreds of Ethiopian demonstrators took the streets of Washington DC c

  • Determinants of Market Value: Part II

    By Abel Merawi

    Negadras-Gebrehiwot-BaykedagnFebruary 25, 2020 ( – It is common in Ethiopia, to hear people talk of how they will be successful if only they could go to Dubai and bring items. Well, the things we bring from Dubai or China may bring prosperity to the individual importer, but it harms the domestic market of our country. To illustrate the point with an example, think of the traditional cloth weaver in Ethiopia, and the printed traditional cloth importer from China. Since the imported material is cheaper, thanks to the technological advancements in foreign countries, the local producer will not have a chance to compete. To make matters worse, the government taxes importing goods the same as machinery needed to build factories in the country. Thus, the trader will not consider becoming a producer when there is a better option in simply importing processed

  • Ethiopian Government Unresponsive to Student Requests to Return Home from Wuhan: Parents

    By Staff Reporter

    Wuhan-CoronavirusFebruary 20, 2020 ( -- The Ethiopian government has remained unresponsive to calls for help by more than 300 Ethiopian students who requested to come home from Wuhan city of China which is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, the students’ parents have said

    The Ethiopian Ambassador to China, Teshome Toga, told VOA Amharic Service that there is no new development from the government side to bring the students back home, but it approved a $200 financial support for each student to cover their meal and other expenses.

    “We had a discussion with members of the Ethiopian Students Union in Wuhan and agreed to focus on prevention considering the circumstances in the city. We are now depositing the money in their bank accounts,” Teshome said.

    Teshome did not comment why the Ethiopian government has failed to repatriate the s

  • Determinants of Market Value: Part I

    By Abel Merawi

    Negadras-Gebrehiwot-BaykedagnFebruary 20, 2020 ( – On a typical day, it is usual to go to a shop and buy some goods. Perhaps, you wanted to buy some onions and the shopkeeper tells you the price is 20 birr per kilo. You ask why and you’re told that the market is going up these days. You are not satisfied with the response, but you still buy the onions since you need it. On another occasion, you wanted to buy a shirt and the salesperson says its 800 birr. As usual in Ethiopia, you try to bargain by offering 300 Birr and you finally end p buying it 500 Birr. Still, you can’t understand why you were asked to pay 800 Birr in the first place and you get angry a bit because you could have paid the exact price right away if you didn’t have to bargain. This is a daily routine for Ethiopians. You may feel frustrated at times, but still, carry on because it is ho

  • Ethiopia Says Final GERD Talks Ended in Deadlock

    By Staff Reporter

    GERD-meeting-DCFebruary 14, 2020 ( -- Ethiopia has said the final US-mediated talks with Egypt and Sudan over the filling and operations of a $5bn hydro-power dam that it is constructing on the Nile river have ended in deadlock. Ethiopian officials blamed other negotiating parties, the US and World Bank for the impasse.

    Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States Fitsum Arega tweeted on Friday that the two-day negotiations held on February 12 and 13, 2020, in Washington DC ended without agreement.

    Even though Fitsum did not details as to why the negotiations ended without an agreement, a member of the Ethiopian delegation in Washington DC on condition of anonymity said the tripartite discussion had missed its track as Egypt, Sudan, United States, and the World Bank diverted the negotiations to Nile water share.

    The official described this round of GERD talks

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