Friday, June 14, 2013

Visit by Ethiopia's Orthodox Church head to Cairo postponed

(Jun 14, 2013, (Cairo))--A planned visit by the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church to Cairo has been postponed, Al-Ahram Arabic news website has reported. The Ethiopian church leader was scheduled to arrive in Egypt 17 June for a four-day visit to look at means of tackling the ongoing stalemate over Ethiopia's controversial Renaissance Dam project.

Egypt sounded the alarm two weeks ago when Ethiopia began diverting a stretch of the Blue Nile in preparation for the construction of a $4.7 billion hydroelectric dam. Egypt's Coptic Pope Tawadros II met with Egyptian church representatives last Tuesday to discuss the Nile River issue in advance of the scheduled trip by the Ethiopian official.

Meanwhile, Egypt's foreign minister, Mohamed Kamel, who has said he will give up "not a single drop of (Nile) water," is due to visit Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa in a few days, confirmed cabinet spokesman Alaa Al-Hadidy Wednesday.

The visit will entail talks with Ethiopian officials over the country's proposed mega dam on the Blue Nile, a project that has sparked Egyptian concerns over its share of Nile waters. Read more from Al-Ahram Online »

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