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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

 

Ambassador Robert Ford speaks on diplomacy and current US policy

20 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

At his last diplomatic assignment, Ambassador Ford was US envoy to Syria. He disagreed with his government’s policies and resigned from his post. He’s now in the academic world.

In my July 14, 2016 article fighting Tedros Adhanom’s campaign to become Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), I unsuccessfully used some facts from Ambassador Robert Ford to oppose his candidacy. Therein a reader would find the following:
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Ethiopian attempt to begin filling Renaissance Dam may scupper deal with Egypt and Sudan, say experts

13 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Arab News

“Egypt, on the other hand, demanded filling the reservoir over a period of nine years.”

CAIRO: There are fears that a unilateral attempt by Ethiopia to begin filling a huge new dam on the Nile will lead to the failure of technical discussions with Egypt and Sudan.

Disagreements between Ethiopia and Egypt on filling the reservoir and generating power within a few months on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will be the largest in Africa, could not be resolved during the Tripartite National Technical Committee’s meeting, which brought together the Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian ministers of water and was held in Addis Ababa on Oct. 19.
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Nile River regional ministers fail to reach agreement on Ethiopian dam studies report

13 Nov

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by AhramOnline
 
Egypt’s Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Ati said on Sunday that participants in the tripartite ministerial meeting held in Cairo to discuss a preliminary studies report on the regional impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam have failed to reach a consenus, state-run MENA news agency reported.
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How State Restrictions Are Reshaping Civic Space Around the World: The Case of Ethiopia Under Rogue TPLF Included

26 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Saskia Brechernmacher, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace May 22, 2017
 

“In addition to heightened administrative and legal harassment, activists fear prosecution under sweeping anti-terrorism measures. Ethiopian authorities have used the 2009 Anti-Terror Proclamation to selectively target journalists, lawyers, and civil society leaders…In Ethiopia, the 2009 Charities and Societies Proclamation effectively bars a wide range of advocacy and rights organizations from receiving external support—while preserving access to such funding for development and service delivery organizations…In Ethiopia, hundreds of organization decided to abandon rights-based programming and shift their focus toward politically neutral capacity-building and local service delivery in order to preserve their access to foreign support. A 2011 survey found that 70% of development NGOs and 44% of human rights organizations changed their mandates and activities in response to the government’s NGO regulations.

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Civil Society Under Assault: Repression and Responses in Russia, Egypt and Ethiopia

21 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Saskia Brechenmacher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 18, 2017
 
The closing of civic space has become a defining feature of political life in an ever-increasing number of countries. Civil society organizations worldwide are facing systematic efforts to reduce their legitimacy and effectiveness. Russia, Egypt, and Ethiopia have been at the forefront of this global trend. In all three countries, governments’ sweeping assault on associational life has forced civic groups to reorient their activities, seek out new funding sources, and move toward more resilient organizational models. Competing security and geopolitical interests have muddled U.S. and European responses, with governments divided over the value of aggressive pushback versus continued engagement.
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President Donald Trump calls Egypt’s president Sisi

23 Jan

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

US President Trump discusses fight against terrorism with Egypt’s Sisi

    US President Donald Trump discussed on Monday in a phone conversation with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi the war against terrorism and extremism, and applauded El-Sisi efforts on those fronts, Egyptian presidential spokesman said.
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Egypt’s High Administrative Court rejects govt appeal on Red Sea island deal, confirms Egyptian sovereignty – Justice is done!

16 Jan

Editor’s Note:

    The Egyptian public is within its right to be singing today the national anthem to express its joy and agreement with the court’s verdict of dismissing the government’s appeal to transfer the sovereignty of two Egyptian islands, Tiran and Sanafir – in the Gulf of Aqaba – to Saudi Arabia.
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