Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed has held talks with the military’s top generals to discuss the current threats imposed by Egypt. The PM has posted on his social media that the meeting had been fruitful.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, hope for Ethiopian prosperity, built by money that came from each citizen’s pockets, is now 70% complete. The dam being constructed in Benshangul region and 40 kilometers away from the Sudanese border is expected to store 74 billion cubic meters of water and be twice as large as Lake Tana. Either from lack of information or fear, Egypt has not been supportive of the dam’s construction. Ethiopia is aware of Egypt’s reliance on the Nile River for survival and by no means wants to compromise that. The PM, by the request of the Egyptian president Alsisi, has sworn that Ethiopia has no intention to harm Egypt pointing out that Ethiopian prosperity does not mean Egyptian downfall. However, Egypt has chosen threaten and use direct and indirect means to hinder the dam’s construction. The claim that entitles Egypt for all of the Nile waters comes from the colonial treaties of 1929 and 1959. Egypt has filed a case against Ethiopia at the UN Security Council stating that the country has been unable to come to terms through negotiations and Egypt has a historical right to have a say about any dam construction on the Nile River. The Ethiopian government has not made official comments about this but from earlier statements it is visible that the negotiations must be done among the three countries namely Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan only. It is known that the three countries have negotiated through a video conference starting from June 9th to June 18th under the watch of the USA, South Africa, EU and AU.