Tag Archives: Nile Dam

U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

Some U.S. officials fear the move will harm Washington’s relationship with Addis Ababa.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has approved a plan to halt nearly $130 million in U.S. foreign assistance to Ethiopia as a move to address the standoff over a Nile dam project between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan. (Photo: Upstream)

BY ROBBIE GRAMER | FOREIGN POLICY

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has approved a plan to halt U.S. foreign assistance to Ethiopia as the Trump administration attempts to mediate a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over the East African country’s construction of a massive dam on the Nile River. Continue reading U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

Receiving ‘Marching Orders’ is Anathema to the Eritrean DNA

To somehow think or believe that Eritrea can easily jeopardize what it has worked so long and hard for by simply or casually choosing to “dip back into bad blood” or conflict to boost its “coffers” by serving as a proxy at the behest of big or small powers in the ongoing Nile dam dispute is beyond preposterous.

BY FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PH.D.)

In a recent article, “A Request: More Honesty, Less Nonsense”, I discussed the issue of the fabrication of information, pointing out how things like “fake news”, misinformation, and disinformation have become increasingly salient and problematic issues within societies around the world.

The central focus of the article was on how during recent months and weeks, generally corresponding with the global COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much false information and a lot of fake news about the local conditions and general situation in Eritrea. Continue reading Receiving ‘Marching Orders’ is Anathema to the Eritrean DNA

Eritrea Weighs Role in Egypt-Ethiopia Dispute Over Nile Dam

What role can Eritrea play in the conflict between Cairo and Addis Ababa over the GERD?

Eritrea’s president visited Cairo against the backdrop of the faltering talks on the Nile dam dispute, raising questions about Eritrea’s role in mediating Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

BY AYAH AMAN | AL-MONITOR

During his two-day visit to Cairo on July 6-7, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki held bilateral talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, focusing on the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian   (GERD) and security in the Red Sea, with the aim to support regional security and stability, spokesman for the Egyptian presidency Bassam Radi said. Continue reading Eritrea Weighs Role in Egypt-Ethiopia Dispute Over Nile Dam

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

Kenya Supports Egypt’s Position in Nile Dam Rift With Ethiopia

Is this a shift in strategic relation between Ethiopia and Kenya or part of the Egyptian gov’t propaganda attack against Ethiopia?

BY AHRAM ONLINE

Kenya supports Egypt’s “positive stance” on the disputed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), President Uhuru Kenyatta told Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in a phone call on Tuesday. Continue reading Kenya Supports Egypt’s Position in Nile Dam Rift With Ethiopia

US Vows to Remain Engaged on Nile Dam Talks

The U.S. says Ethiopia must, in the shortest possible time, sign a deal with Egypt and Sudan about a giant dam it is building on the River Nile. Ethiopia refused to do so. What’s next?

“The United States reaffirms its commitment to remain engaged with the three countries until they sign the final agreement” – US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

BY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

The United States will continue to work with Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan until they sign an accord on a giant Blue Nile hydropower dam, after failing to secure signatures from the three countries this week, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday. Continue reading US Vows to Remain Engaged on Nile Dam Talks

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?

Ethiopian Leader Issues Warning to Egypt Over Dam

“No force is going to stop Ethiopia from building the dam, this should be underlined”

War drums? ‘If there is a need to go to war [with Egypt over the dam], we are ready to amass millions’ … Bold, but at the same time a reckless statement from a ‘Nobel Peace Laureate’. (Reuters image)
By ELIAS MESERET | AP

Ethiopia’s prime minister warned Tuesday that if there’s a need to go to war over a dam project disputed with Egypt his country could ready millions of people, but he said only negotiation can resolve a current deadlock. Continue reading Ethiopian Leader Issues Warning to Egypt Over Dam