Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Ethiopia PM cites major shift from Egypt on Nile dam

(July 08, 2014, (ADDIS ABABA))--Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said Monday that Egypt has shown a major shift of stance toward its controversial multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam being built on the upper reaches of the Nile.

“Ethiopia welcomes the recent shift in stance demonstrated by the new egyptian leadership,” Desalegn told the parliament, hinting at a new chapter of mending fences between the two Nile-basin nations. Desalegn’s remarks came to show thaw in ties between the two countries after they agreed last month to resume tripartite talks – also including Sudan – to discuss the construction of the massive dam.

The understanding came after Desalegn agreed with recently-elected Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi during late June’s African summit in Malabo to resume talks on the mega-dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile, which Cairo fears will reduce its traditional share of river water.

“The tripartite talks will not be simple and we expect some tough proposals from the Egyptian side,” Desalegn said. “ Ethiopia will keep its calm and follow through the tripartite engagement.”

Desalegn went on to say that he asserted during his meeting with Sisi that the construction of the dam would not be disrupted. Read more from The Daily Star »

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