Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ethiopia Offers Reassurances to Egypt Over Nile Waters

Ethiopia Offers Reassurances to Egypt Over Nile Waters

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).

"I swear to God that Ethiopia will not do any harm to Egypt's water", Sisi dictates the Ethiopian PM who speaks native Aramaic language, in Arabic, before he starts laughing and applauding Ali. "We will work with the people of Egypt in any area", Abiy said.

Egypt has lately been concerned about the effect that an Ethiopian dam being built on the Nile river would have on water flowing to its fields downstream.

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

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

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However, it is believed to have massive benefits for Ethiopia and Sudan while it might affect Egypt's 55.5-billion-cubic-meter annual share of the river which raises concerns and fears among Egyptians.

During the meeting in Addis Ababa, the three states agreed to form a scientific study group for consultation on the reservoir construction and filling and to hold a summit among the three countries' leaders every six months.

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The $4.8bn dam is now 63% finished, and Ethiopia hopes to become a key energy hub in Africa upon its completion. The Nile River flows through Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, but the largest share of the river runs through Egyptian territory. 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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