Home | News    Monday 22 April 2013

Saudi King sacks minister who made anti-Ethiopia dam remarks

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 21, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) - Saudi Arabia on Saturday removed the Kingdom’s deputy defense minister who recently made hostile remarks over Ethiopia’s massive dam project being built on the Blue Nile River only 30km upstream from Sudan.

Speaking at a session of the Arab Water Council held in Cairo late in February, the Saudi deputy defense minister, Khalid Bin Sultan, firmly opposed Ethiopia’s right to use the Nile waters saying the construction of the $4.8 billion hydro power dam project poses a security threat to Sudan and Egypt.

His remarks led to tensions between the horn of Africa nation and the Saudi Kingdom.

The minister said at the time that the Ethiopian Renaissance dam is intended for political plotting rather than for economic gain.

He went on to saying that Ethiopia is keen to harm the down stream Arab countries and further suggested that military action was an option to the ongoing dispute over the amount of water Nile basin countries are allowed use.

“There are fingers messing with water resources of Sudan and Egypt which are rooted in the mind and body of Ethiopia. They do not forsake an opportunity to harm Arabs without taking advantage of it”, he added.

Addis Ababa responded fiercely saying that the statement by the minister could negatively affect diplomatic ties between Arab nations and other Nile basin countries and requested an urgent explanation from the Saudi government.

Earlier this month, the government of Saudi has officially rebuffed the defence minister’s statements saying his remarks “do not reflect the official stance of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.

According to Saudi news outlets, a royal decree has replaced Khalid Bin Sultan with retired army general, Prince Fahd Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad.

However, it is not clear whether the move is related to Sultan’s comments on the Nile water issue.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 22 April 2013 06:38, by Jubawe

    It’s Good that they remove him otherwsie arabic countries will be paying the prices and soon South Sudan going to build Nimule Dam Soon this year. Egypty and sudan, They got right to stop us.

    repondre message

    • 22 April 2013 09:43, by Robot

      The problem of the waters of the Nile has nothing to do with being Arabs, else sacking the minister is a right decision, why do they have to meddle in Sudan/Egypt’s retarded mentality of keeping the rest of the lake basin countries under their empty threats... i wish the Government of South Sudan should take up building fulla quickly.

      repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sudan’s Constitutional Declaration was reduced to absurdity 2019-08-13 20:31:25 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman After paying tributes to the martyrs and hoping healing for wounded and offer sincere greetings to the rebellious Sudanese people who are inevitably victorious, having (...)

Options and opportunities for SPLM-N al-Hilu to join Sudan’s transition 2019-08-13 20:06:06 By Ibrahim B. Musa Despite the initial signing of the political on July, 17th, 2019 and constitutional declaration on August 4th, 2019, as well as the previous exhausting efforts made in (...)

Can Sudan achieve peace and democratic transition? 2019-08-13 07:37:28 By Rosalind Marsden Sudan has a unique opportunity to embrace democratic transition but there is no room for complacency. Comprehensive reforms and a united democratic front will be key to (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.