Wednesday, June 01, 2016

It is pointless not to acknowledge Ethiopia's dam: Egypt minister

(June 01, 2016,  (Cairo))--Egypt's foreign affairs minister said Tuesday that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has become a reality and that it is "pointless to bury our heads in the sand by not acknowledging a tangible physical reality."

Minister Sameh Shoukry, speaking on the Egyptian El-Hayat TV channel Tuesday night, stated that Egypt is not dealing with the dam "on the basis of suspicion, doubt and exaggerated risks." Egypt has longed maintained that the dam – currently under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia's highlands –would affect its supply of Nile water.

However, he did emphasise that "there are definitely clear risks [to Egypt], and we are discussing them with our Ethiopian and Sudanese partners" to reach an agreement on how to deal with any harm to Egypt.

The minister did not elaborate on the nature of these risks. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are currently conducting impact studies on the dam. There is a "transformation," according to Shoukry, in Ethiopia's approach to the matter ever since the signing of the Malabo agreement in June 2014; signed by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. Read more from Ahram Online »

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