Talks had previously broken down over rules regulating the dam’s filling and operations [File: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters]

The irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have met in Cairo for a new round of talks aimed at resolving a dispute over a multibillion-dollar dam being built by the Ethiopian government.

The two-day meeting, which got under way on Monday in the Egyptian capital, comes almost a month after the three sides agreed to work towards resolving the issue at a US-brokered meeting in Washington, DC.

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Talks had previously broken down over rules regulating the dam’s filling and operations, necessitating foreign mediation. 

Addis Ababa contends the project, dubbed the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), is crucial to its economic development and, at its peak,

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