January 31, 2020 / 6:50 PM / 23 days ago

Trump spoke to Ethiopia's Abiy, expressed optimism on giant Nile dam -White House

FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends a signing ceremony with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 7, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, in a call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, expressed optimism that an agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was near and would benefit all parties involved, a White House spokesman said.

(This story corrects reference to last name of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in headline.)

Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Susan Heavey; Editing by Chris Reese

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