Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry accused Ethiopia of obstructing efforts to reach an agreement on the Renaissance Dam, saying that it has no real political will to reach an agreement with the two downstream countries.
In statements to Egyptian media, Shoukry confirmed Ethiopia’s violation of the principles agreement signed between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in 2015, which stipulates the need for consensus between the three countries. Read also The Egyptian Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Irrigation discuss in Sudan the file of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam At the conclusion of talks in Khartoum, Egypt and Sudan renew their refusal to unilaterally fill the Renaissance Dam The second filling of the Renaissance Dam is approaching.. Ethiopia is on alert, Sudan refuses, and Egypt is cautious The arrest of the former Egyptian ambassador, Yahya Negm, after criticizing the state administration of the Renaissance Dam crisis
In a related context, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok renewed his country’s position on the need to reach a binding legal agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam.
After his meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, in Khartoum, Hamdok said that the file of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam should be within a comprehensive framework of cooperation and integration between the three countries, Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia.
For his part, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission affirmed the Union’s support for Sudan for the success of the transitional phase and the Commission’s follow-up to the ongoing negotiations on the Renaissance Dam. He also offered Khartoum’s assistance as part of a settlement effort led by the current chair of the African Union and the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi.
meeting in Doha
The Arab League had agreed to hold an emergency meeting of foreign ministers on Tuesday in Doha, to discuss the crisis of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The official Egyptian news agency quoted the League’s Assistant Secretary-General, Hossam Zaki, as saying that an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers would be held on Tuesday in Doha at the request of Egypt and Sudan.
Zaki indicated that the emergency meeting “will be on the sidelines of a consultative meeting that was scheduled to be held in Doha at the level of foreign ministers on Tuesday (he did not clarify its agenda).”
He explained that “the emergency meeting will discuss the developments of the Renaissance Dam.”
On Wednesday, Sudan and Egypt stressed, in a joint statement, the importance of coordinating their efforts internationally and regionally to push Ethiopia to “negotiate seriously” over the Renaissance Dam, which has been stalled for months.
On the other hand, Ethiopia holds the two countries responsible for “obstructing the negotiations”, and says that it does not aim to harm them, and seeks to benefit from the dam to generate electricity for development purposes.
Addis Ababa insists on a second filling of the dam with water, believed to be in the next July and August, about a year after the first filling, even if it did not reach an agreement.
While Cairo and Khartoum adhere to reaching a tripartite agreement first, to preserve their water facilities, and to ensure the continued flow of their annual share of the Nile waters.
In the strongest threat to Addis Ababa since the outbreak of the crisis 10 years ago, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on March 30 that “the Nile waters are a red line, and any harm to Egypt’s water will have a reaction that threatens the stability of the entire region.”