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Trump’s diplomacy fails to resolve Nile River deadlock for their support of Egyptian’s side


A few weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump told a campaign rally that he deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for “saving” Ethiopia from potential war with Egypt, the dispute between the two countries has slid back into a dangerous deadlock again.

Mr. Trump has taken a personal interest in the conflict over a massive Ethiopian hydro dam on the Blue Nile that could reduce the water supply to Sudan and Egypt – but his diplomatic efforts have failed to ease the escalating conflict.

The intense U.S. role in the Nile negotiations has sparked concerns from some analysts that Mr. Trump is throwing his weight behind Egypt in the dispute. A former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, David Shinn, says the United States “seems to be putting its thumb on the scale in favour of Egypt.”

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