Egypt angling to exert pressure on Ethiopia regarding Nile water share. Is Cairo capitalising on country’s internal difficulties?

7 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

by Asharq Al-Awsat

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi hoped on Tuesday that Nile dam project with Ethiopia will not exploited for political purposes.

He told reporters that he has seen “positive signs” from Ethiopia’s government in this regard.

 


In June, Abiy and El-Sisi signaled that they had made a breakthrough during talks in Cairo after an extended deadlock on the issue. The Egyptian president said at the time that the two countries have come a long way in building confidence and strengthening bilateral cooperation.

Abiy said at the time that his country was committed to securing Egypt’s share of Nile water.

Ahram Online

August 26, 2018


He added that Cairo wants “formal agreements” that Ethiopia will not reduce Egypt’s share of the Nile during the filling of what will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam.

“We need to turn Ethiopia’s goodwill into formal agreements,” he stressed.

 


Sisi:

“The waters of Egypt is not a subject for talk, and I assure you, no one can touch Egypt’s water,”

Egypt Independent , Nov. 18, 2017


Egypt fears the $4.8 billion dam could reduce its share of the Nile River, which provides virtually all its freshwater. Ethiopia says it needs the dam for its economic development.

The two have been at odds over how quickly the reservoir behind the dam will be filled and the impact it would have on Egypt’s share of the Nile.

 

 Related:

Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam is a big challenge to Egypt’s aggressive stance over the Nile

 

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