Home | News    Sunday 28 May 2017

Eritrea denies targeting Ethiopia’s Nile dam with Egypt

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

The Grand Renaissance Dam is under construction on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. (Photo AFP/William Lloyd-George)

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 26, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Eritrean President, Isaias Afeworki has downplayed reports alleging his country’s deepened ties with Egypt are intended to sabotage the construction of Ethiopia’s massive hydro-power dam project.

The Nile River is a lifeline to some 80% of Egyptians and the desert North African nation fears Ethiopia’s huge dam project being built on the main tributary of Nile River will ultimately diminish Cairo’s historic water rights.

In 2013, Ethiopia and Egypt have been locked in a bitter war of words after Egyptian politicians were caught on camera proposing sabotage, including an air strike to halt the project.

However, tensions eased after Cairo and Addis Ababa engaged in a number of positive discussions along with Sudan which led to a cooperation deal signed in March 2015 in Khartoum. Ethiopia insists the dam will not harm the interests of Sudan and Egypt rather provide economic benefit

"The claim made by the Ethiopian regime that the relation between Eritrea and Egypt is targeting the millennium dam [Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam] is unfounded and stems from an unhealthy mindset" Said President Isaias in an interview with State-run ERITV this week on the 26 independence day anniversary occasion.

Ethiopian government officials were not immediately reachable for reactions.

In regard to the growing ties between Eritrea and Egypt, Afeworki further said that the bilateral relationship between the two countries has tremendously grown in a short period of time and that this will have significant dividends to the promotion of peace and stability in the region.

In October last year, the Eritrean leader visited Cairo where he met his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the two leaders discussed the deepening ties.

Ethiopia had previously accused some Egyptians and the government in Eritrea of providing support to Ethiopian opposition groups to disrupt construction of the multi-billion dollar power project and to destabilise the nation.

Ethiopia which is investing billions of dollars in building a number of hydro-power plants aims to become a renewable energy hub of the region.

It plans to export large amounts of clean and cheap hydro-power-processed electricity to its neighbours, other African countries as well as the Middle East and beyond.

The ambitious plan is part of the Horn of Africa nation’s efforts towards becoming a middle-income country by 2025.

Although construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is seen by Ethiopians as having a vital role in transforming the country’s economy and poverty alleviation, Egyptians view the project as a potential threat to their water security.

Ethiopia’s Nile dam will be Africa’s largest and the world’s 8th biggest once completed.

The 4.2 billion dollar dam project is nearly 60% completed, according to the government. The Dam, being constructed on the Blue Nile has a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters and is expected to generate up to 6,450 megawatts of power.

(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.
  • 28 May 10:36, by Kuch

    Ethiopians & Eriterians, there are some merchants of death who want our region to go up in flame like they have been using in Middle East. These merchants of death want the current mess they helped create here in South Sudan to be a regional war>>>

    repondre message

    • 28 May 10:48, by Kuch

      These merchants of death have taken South Sudan & the S. Sudanese people hostage & they have been using their Risk Machar puppet & his aimless armed rebellion as their bargaining chips & blackmails to South Sudanese people to crawl themselves into our country with these dirty intrigues of theirs little do they know. That we are way well ahead of their dirty game.

      repondre message

  • 28 May 10:36, by Kuch

    Ethiopians & Eriterians, there are some merchants of death who want our region to go up in flame like they have been using in Middle East. These merchants of death want the current mess they helped create here in South Sudan to be a regional war>>>

    repondre message

    • 28 May 11:58, by Malakal county Simon

      Slave/Kuch

      What’s this issues has to do with Dr Machar fool?? The article is clearly spelled it out, that Eritrea denies targeting Ethiopia Nile dam with Egypt.... So where is it in the article, that’s mentioned Dr Machar name?? Or you just obsesses with his name and cant go a day without mention it??

      repondre message

Comment on this article



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


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


ARCSS and HLRF: last or lost chance for peace in South Sudan? 2017-12-14 05:02:15 By James Okuk “Tell people in power that something they tried didn’t work as expected” – Peter Ross. “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation” – Edmund (...)

Response to Bona Malual statements on Abyei 2017-12-11 20:24:24 By Hon Arop Madut Arop As I was reading the last proof of my new book on the Ngok Dinka history, which is currently with the printers, somebody sent me a recorded voice message purportedly given (...)

Is Jieng Council of Elders responsible for South Sudan crisis? 2017-12-10 17:59:57 By Samuel Maker Amuor Silence means acceptance! It takes less than a minute for one to come across Jieng council of elders’ meddle on national affairs as they claim. Either through social media (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)

Reactions to government agencies’ conspiracy against Greater Bor community 2017-10-08 07:54:31 By Manyok Abraham Thuch & Kuch Kuol Deng A monkey business or a donkey business in the government of the republic of South Sudan against the citizens is unacceptable. Therefore, we as youth (...)

Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.