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Egypt’s diplomacy gearing up against Ethiopia’s Blue Nile dam

10 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr has promised Egyptians his government has a clear plan ahead of expected disputes surrounding Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam.

Egypt is working hard on the Nile issue, he said.

Speaking during a joint press conference with Luxembourg’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, Amr vowed Egypt would not let go of a single drop of water from the River Nile.

Amr assured reporters the World Bank could not approve funding for the dam project without Nile Basin countries signing off on the deal, calling on international organisations to hold true to relevant treaties and legal obligations.

Egypt’s foreign minister also claimed his ministry would ensure the country’s Nile supplies would not be adversely affected by the Ethiopian initiative.

Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm

Egypt’s live TV coverage of Nile crisis meeting draws fire in Cairo

4 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Sherif Tarek, Ahram Online

Candid statements by Egyptian political figures regarding Ethiopia’s contentious Nile dam move – aired on live TV without their knowledge – draw scathing criticism, mockery from President Morsi’s detractors

A host of unguarded statements made at a meeting between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and political figures held to discuss the Ethiopia dam ‘crisis’ have prompted a wave of criticism against Egypt’s already-under-fire government decision-makers.
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Committee on impact of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam to meet Morsi

2 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

The final report of a committee assessing the impact of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam will be discussed with Egypt’s president, foreign minister and irrigation minister Sunday

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi will meet Sunday to discuss their final report the tripartite committee that has been studying the impact of Ethiopia’s proposed Renaissance Dam.
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Ethiopia’s power dam dominates headlines on Egyptian papers

1 Jun

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

by Heba Helmy, Egypt Independent

News about Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and Cairo’s fears over its water supply continued to dominate Thursday’s headlines in Egypt. Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the judicial authority law returned to the front pages as judges have planned a strike.
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Cairo under pressure about Nile’s future: Could Morsi flip to use it to boost his sagging political fortune?

31 May

Egyptian officialdom awaits outcome of tripartite commission’s report on Ethiopian dam project – expected on Sunday – before deciding on appropriate response
 

Awaiting nervously outcome of the tripartite technical committee report on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam (Courtesy of Ahram)

Awaiting nervously outcome of the tripartite technical committee report on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam (Courtesy of Ahram)

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday met with Defence Minister Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and General Intelligence head Rafaat Shehata to discuss recent developments in Sinai and Egypt’s position regarding Ethiopian plans to build a series of dams on the Nile.
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Egyptian officials & experts differ on impact of Ethiopia’s dam on the Nile River

30 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

While Egyptian officials say Ethiopia’s diversion of Blue Nile will not impact country’s access to Nile water, some local experts disagree, describing potential effect on Egypt as ‘hugely negative’

Reactions on the part of Egyptian government officials, diplomats and experts varied regarding Ethiopia’s decision to divert the course of the Blue Nile – one of the Nile River’s two major tributaries – as part of its Renaissance Dam project.
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Nile course change sends shock Wednesday through Egypt’s stock market; Cairo gives grin to Ethiopian envoy

30 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

EGX30 falls 1.2 percent Wednesday following Ethiopia’s contentious decision to divert course of Blue Nile, raising concerns about move’s impact on Egyptian water security

Egypt stocks tumbled on Wednesday in the wake of Ethiopia’s recent move to begin construction of a major dam on the Blue Nile, one of the Nile River’s two main tributaries, raising fears regarding the move’s potential impact on Egypt.
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Cairo’s NGO draft law strikes fear in Egyptian civil society

24 May

By Ayat Al-Tawy – Govt’s NGO draft law strikes fear in Egyptian civil society

Rights campaigners say NGOs in Egypt – both local and foreign – are destined to draconian constraints if new govt-drafted legislation is passed

Following Egypt’s January 2011 revolution, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) had hoped for greater autonomy and freedom of association. These hopes, however, have been largely dashed by a new daft law set to be passed imminently by Egypt’s Shura Council, the upper house of parliament that currently holds legislative powers.
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