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The recent incident involving the Ever Given, the container ship that was lodged in the Suez Canal for six days, throwing world trade into a temporary crisis, served to remind the international community of the vital importance of the canal and stability in Egypt and the wider region.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an in-person visit to the canal to watch the ship being dislodged and seized the opportunity to bring up the lingering tensions over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
He didn’t mince words: “No one can take a drop of Egypt’s water and if it happens there will be inconceivable instability in the region.”
Greater drought vulnerability and a new migrant crisis
As the seemingly never-ending crisis enters its final phase, just two scenarios remain on the table.
- The first involves Ethiopia taking the unilateral
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