The negotiations between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have been halted due to preconditions set by Egypt before the filling of the dam starts. Sudan’s suggestion to involve political figures in the discussion had been declined by both Egypt and Ethiopia. The US national security has reported that the 257 million people of the three countries are persuaded to rely on the firm decision making of the Ethiopian government. The trump administration has turned from observer to mediator and now it seems it had started giving orders on how to carry out the negotiation.
Egypt had accused Ethiopia of trying to buy time and postpone the negotiations and asked the UN to pressure the country. This comes after a comment made by the Ethiopian Minister of foreign affairs which states that the treaties are ways to come to an agreement but is not necessarily binding. Egyptian president Alsisi made a comment after visiting a military site within the country that states Egypt’s support and admiration to development projects in Ethiopia, however, Ethiopia must accept that Egypt cannot exist without the Nile. He also stated that the country is interested in resolving these issues diplomatically.
Ethiopian foreign minister, Gedu Andargachew, gave an interview to Associated Press. In this interview he said “our Egyptian brothers, instead of supporting us, are trying to defame Ethiopia and the country’s intentions. They are asking us to give up too much while offering only a little.” The Egyptian foreign minister had failed discuss the massive Ethiopian population that has no access to electricity in his letter to the UN Security Council. The letter, however, conveys that it is not Egypt’s intention for measures to be taken against Ethiopia. it simply aims to halt the filling of the dam before the countries have come to terms.