Egypt announced its rejection of the statements of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed regarding the construction of a number of dams in different regions of Ethiopia, stressing that these water projects should be established after coordination and consultation with neighboring countries.
Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said that the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s statement in this regard reveals Addis Ababa’s bad faith, and its treatment of international rivers as if they were internal rivers subject to its sovereignty.
Hafez explained that Egypt has always recognized the right of all countries of the Nile Basin to establish water projects and exploit the resources of the Nile River in order to achieve development for its brotherly peoples, but that these projects must be established after coordination, consultation and agreement with the countries that may be affected by them, especially the downstream countries.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister had said that his country plans to construct more than 100 small and medium dams in a number of regions.
Ethiopia confirms that it is proceeding with the second filling of the Renaissance Dam during the rainy season in July and August. Cairo and Khartoum fear for their shares of the Nile water, and accuse Addis Ababa of intransigence and failure of the negotiations that took place during the past years regarding the Renaissance Dam.
Egypt and Sudan are calling for the participation of a quadripartite international mediation mechanism that includes the African Union, the European Union, the United States and the United Nations in the stalled negotiations on the Renaissance Dam, which Ethiopia rejects.