Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had visited Addis Ababa and offered Turkish expertise on Ethiopia’s controversial multi-billion dollar hydroelectric dam project.
“Any side that doesn’t like Egypt could be in the scene,” Abdel-Muttalib said in televised statements late Tuesday.
At a unit price of $35 million, Ethiopia may need to dish out $630 million to complete the purchase. At this rate, the cost of safeguarding the dam from possible Egyptian attack will overtake the cost incurred to construct it.
Russia is negotiating for the possible delivery of 18 Su-30K fighter jets to Ethiopia, the deputy director of the Russian agency Rosoboronexport arms export, Alexander Mikheyev announced on Friday in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister and Inspector General for Military Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan, in unusual rebuke, unleashed a barrage of attack against Ethiopia saying that the Horn of Africa nation is posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan.