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Backed into a Corner Over the Nile Dam, Egypt May Have No Choice but to Go to War

Water is not the only vital interest at stake: Egypt’s president and former general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is fighting for his legitimacy

Deadlock means war. Abiy Ahmed is facing unprecedented political and ethnic unrest. His government’s legitimacy questioned by many after election was postponed indefinitely. Yet, Ethiopians rally behind GERD dam and filling the dam with or without agreement with Egypt provides Abiy Ahmed with the national unity he desperately needs. Backing down is not an option for him either. (Photo by Twitter/@PositivelyEthio)

BY AHMED ABOUDOUH | THE INDEPENDENT

When I warned in March that war between Egypt and Ethiopia over a Nile dam is possible if they don’t reach an agreement, the official Twitter account of Ethiopia’s foreign ministry accused me of being “alarmist and inaccurate”. Today, negotiations between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia have reached a diplomatic endgame – and, indeed, war looks like the only possible scenario, even as the world is still downplaying its drum-beating. Continue reading Backed into a Corner Over the Nile Dam, Egypt May Have No Choice but to Go to War

Egypt, Eritrea Leaders Discuss Developments in Horn of Africa, Red Sea

The two Presidents exchanged views on developments in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea as well as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

BY EGYPT TODAY

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received on Monday Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki at Itihadiyah Presidential Palace to discuss regional developments and bilateral relations.

The guest president is on a three-day visit which will include a meeting between officials of both countries to exchange views on developments in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea as well as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Continue reading Egypt, Eritrea Leaders Discuss Developments in Horn of Africa, Red Sea

President Isaias Arrives in Khartoum

BY TESFANEWS

On the invitation of Sudan’s President of Sovereign Council, LT-General, Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan, President Isaias Afwerki is paying a three-day working visit to Khartoum.

Upon arrival at Khartoum International airport, the President and his delegation were received by Gen. Abdel Fatah al Burhan and a number of senior government officials. Continue reading President Isaias Arrives in Khartoum

Ethiopia and Egypt’s Stalemate: What’s the Dam Problem?

President Trump met with Foreign Ministers and Water Resources Ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan in the White House on the sideline of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam meeting.

BY YOHANNES GEDAMU | THE GLOBE POST

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) – a huge hydro dam on the Nile River that is set to become Africa’s largest – is a national project fully financed by the Ethiopian people and government. From teachers and healthcare workers to the country’s poor farmers, an overwhelming majority of Ethiopians have contributed from their salaries or by sharing from their meager incomes. Continue reading Ethiopia and Egypt’s Stalemate: What’s the Dam Problem?

Ethiopia: Egypt Trying to Maintain Colonial Era Grip Over Nile

“Egypt’s new proposal regarding the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has crossed the red line drawn by Ethiopia” – Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy. (Photo: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo)

BY AIDAN LEWIS | REUTERS

Ethiopia has accused Egypt of trying to maintain its grip over the waters of the Nile with a proposal it says would imperil a giant hydropower dam under construction on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile, in a growing diplomatic spat. Continue reading Ethiopia: Egypt Trying to Maintain Colonial Era Grip Over Nile