Thursday, 19 July, 2018

PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt's share of Nile waters

PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt's share of Nile waters PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt's share of Nile waters
Melinda Barton | 12 June, 2018, 10:41

The construction of the dam is now being built on the main tributary to Nile River of Egypt without harming any party.

The ambitious project will be Africa's largest hydroelectric dam. We believe that we should benefit from this river, the Nile, but when we benefit we should not do harm to the Egyptian people, " Ahmed said Sunday at a news conference alongside Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been holding tripartite talks on the dam following "concerns" from Egypt that the Ethiopian dam project reduces the flow of water to Egypt.

The latest visit to Egypt by Ethiopian PM was in January by former PM Hailemariam Desalegn, during which he asserted that his country will not put Egyptians life at risk, as the disagreement between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan continues over the countries shares of Nile waters after Ethiopia completes constructions of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Ethiopian authorities responded to what was then understood as a form of "threat of war" in like fashion asserting that The Grand Renaissance Dam, estimated to cost well over US$ 5 billion, is a matter of life and death.

He said the Ethiopians have "no desire or idea to harm the Egyptian people". He asked Ahmed to swear to God that he would not hurt Egypt's share of the water.

He says "Egypt will receive its share of the Nile waters and we will increase it".

"We have come a long way in building confidence and strengthening bilateral cooperation", Sisi said, reports Reuters.

The two sides agreed to begin outlining an agreement that includes Sudan, and to set up a fund for infrastructure in the three countries.

Ethiopia and Egypt have been trading war of words sometime back after Egyptian president ranted "Nile is a matter of life and death for Egypt" - connoting that it is a red line.

Egyptian presidents in the past have threatened military force in defense of their share of the Nile and against any attempts to build dams on it.