Friday, April 26, 2013

Ethiopia pleased with Saudi minister sacking over dam comments

(Apr 26, 2013, ADDIS ABABA))--The Ethiopian government on Monday praised the Saudi Arabian government over the dismissal of the country’s deputy defense minister over controversial comments made concerning Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam project earlier this year.

Earlier this month, the government of Saudi has officially rebuffed the defense minister’s statements saying his remarks “do not reflect the official stance of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 1st issued a statement on its website which strongly affirmed Saudi Arabia’s close relationship with Ethiopia.

The statement emphasized relations with Ethiopia are based on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs and work to promote common interests in the service of both governments and their peoples. The Ministry said any statements suggesting the contrary do not reflect the official stance of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ethiopia has demanded that Saudi Arabia explain itself after a minister attacked the country over its massive Renaissance Nile River dam project, saying that the water rights of Sudan and Egypt would be threatened with its completion. Read more from Bikya news »

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