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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

Egypt FM to Visit Ethiopia Over Nile Dam

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will visit Addis Ababa tomorrow for talks with his Ethiopian counterpart in a bid to end a standoff over the controversial dam on the Nile river.

BY AFP

Egypt’s top diplomat is to visit Addis Ababa Tuesday to discuss controversial Ethiopian plans to build a dam on the Nile that Cairo fears will impact its water supplies, his ministry said Monday. Continue reading Egypt FM to Visit Ethiopia Over Nile Dam

Ethiopia Denies Receiving Funding from Qatar

Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman defended the Renaissance Dam project and denied claims that his country received funding from Qatar to complete the Dam.

BY MEMO

On Thursday (21), Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Meles Alem defended the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project, he said that Addis Ababa does not need anyone’s permission to benefit from its natural resources and denied claims that his country is receiving funding from Qatar to build the Dam. Continue reading Ethiopia Denies Receiving Funding from Qatar

Egypt Warns Ethiopia Nile Dam Dispute ‘Life or Death’

“No one can touch Egypt’s share of water” – President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.

“We are capable of protecting our national security and water to us is a question of national security [a matter of life or death]. Full stop.” – Egyptian President El-Sisi
BY SAMY MAGDY | ABC NEWS

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, for the second time in as many days, delivered on Saturday a stern warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building after the two countries along with Sudan failed to approve a study on its potential effects. Continue reading Egypt Warns Ethiopia Nile Dam Dispute ‘Life or Death’

Is Egypt-Sudan Border Dispute New Thorn in Renaissance Dam Negotiations?

Although claiming to be independent, Egyptian suggest that Sudan may in fact be on Ethiopia’s side with regard to the later’s dispute with Egypt over the Renaissance Dam. Beware of Sudan!

By Walaa Hussein | for Al-Monitor,

There are fears that the dispute over Halayeb and Shalateen, a small border region claimed by Cairo and Khartoum, will cast its shadow over Egyptian-Sudanese coordination on the negotiations over the Renaissance Dam between the two countries and Ethiopia.

On April 18, state-owned channel Ethiopian TV interviewed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who said that the dam benefits both Sudan and Ethiopia. Egyptian media considered this declaration as clearly reflecting the escalating crisis on the Halayeb triangle between Cairo and Khartoum. Continue reading Is Egypt-Sudan Border Dispute New Thorn in Renaissance Dam Negotiations?

Can the U.S. Mediate Egypt and Ethiopia? Lessons from the Ethiopia – Eritrea Stalemate

“I think we [the U.S.] have got to be very sensetive to make sure that outcome [a decrease in Egypt’s share of the Nile water] doesn’t happen. The Egyptian government is pivotal to peace in that region and the people of Egypt has to know the United States and the people of United States are on their side and making sure that they do not wake up one morning and find the action of another government whether it is Ethiopia or whoever, has dramatically, negatively impacted on their economic welbeing. So today I was just call on our government, to do what it can to make sure that the Egyptian people are NEVER put in that spot by a decision made in Ethiopia or some other government.. bring their economic welbeing down, the standard of living down, cause suffering among their people and that is unacceptable as an alternative, hopefully the United States will take as a priority and try to get solve this problem in some sort of role we can play.” – Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
By Fikrejesus Amahazion,,

EARLIER this week, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, questioned several expert witnesses at a hearing entitled “Water Sharing Conflicts and the Threat to International Peace.”[i]

While the primary focus of the hearing was on the ongoing Ethiopia-Egypt Nile dispute, an extremely interesting point was raised by Rep. Rohrabacher regarding Eritrea. Specifically, when discussing a potential U.S. arbitration or mediation role in the Ethiopia and Egypt disagreement, Rep. Rohrabacher outlined the U.S.’ failure in arbitrating the Eritrea-Ethiopia 1998-2000 war. Continue reading Can the U.S. Mediate Egypt and Ethiopia? Lessons from the Ethiopia – Eritrea Stalemate