Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

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

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

A video shows the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali vowing that his country will not do any harm to the Egyptian water, as both countries are having a crisis over the construction of an Ethiopian dam on the Nile River.

At the news conference, Sisi asked Ahmed to swear to God before the Egyptian people that he will not hurt Egypt's share of the Nile. "We will work with the people of Egypt in any area", Abiy said.

Ahmed said the soon-to-be-completed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will not reduce Egypt's share of the Nile, which provides virtually all the Arab country's freshwater.

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Al-Sisi said he has been working over the past four years with Ethiopia to reach an agreement on the dam dispute.

The leaders of Egypt and Ethiopia say they have made progress in their talks on sharing the waters of the Nile River.

In 2011, Ethiopia started construction on the GERD over the Blue Nile River, one of the major sources of the water that forms the River Nile downstream.

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Ali's visit came three weeks after a breakthrough in the talks was seen during a nine-member trilateral ministerial meeting, held in Addis Ababa in mid-May, which comprised the ministers of foreign affairs, those of water resources and the heads of intelligence services of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.

The $4.8bn dam is now 63% finished, and Ethiopia hopes to become a key energy hub in Africa upon its completion.

Translation: "By his weak imagination power, Sisi thought that by making the Ethiopian PM swear he is saving Egypt's historic right in Nile waters, the Ethiopian PM will stick to his swear". Past Egyptian presidents have warned that any attempt to build dams along the Nile will be met with military action, but Egypt's current leader, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, has ruled that out.

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In May, the irrigation ministers of all three countries that share the Nile agreed to set up a study group on how the dam would be filled and meet once every six months to discuss the situation.

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