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Sudan's Foreign Ministry: America played a role in mediating with Ethiopia, and we hope from it political pressure

Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi expressed her hope that the United States would exercise political and diplomatic pressure on Ethiopia, according to the Sudanese news agency SUNA.

According to the agency, the minister pointed out, during the American University Alumni Forum, to the great and hoped-for role of the United States in political and diplomatic pressure on Ethiopia.

She also stressed that Sudan is looking forward to reaching a binding legal agreement on filling and operating before the second filling of the Renaissance Dam, indicating that this Sudanese vision has enjoyed a great national consensus between the components of the transitional government and the Sudanese street, and with a regional and international understanding of the reasonableness and objectivity of the proposal.

The minister said that Khartoum is ready to negotiate to resolve the issue by peaceful means and under the auspices of the African Union, reiterating the welcome of the role of international partners as guarantors and facilitators, drawing inspiration from global and African experiences in dealing with cross-border rivers, especially the experiences of the Niger and Senegal rivers, which confirm the possibility of cooperation in the common benefits of rivers.

In her response to the forum members' questions about the Ethiopian intransigence and the negotiations and initiatives put forward, the minister explained that the United States played an important role in mediation, which resolved technical and legal issues, and made progress in the Washington negotiations, leaving few points related to the legal agreement on filling and operating and some few technical and legal issues. Noting that the surprise was Ethiopia's retreat from what was agreed upon.

 She stressed that Sudan responded to the African Union's initiative, emphasizing the seriousness and African solutions.