The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, affirmed Ethiopia’s rejection of many mediators to resolve the Renaissance Dam crisis and its insistence on its obstinate stance during the negotiations.
During the meeting of the Foreign, Arab and African Affairs Committee of the Senate, today, Shoukry stressed that the Ethiopian Dam crisis is facing intransigence on the part of Ethiopia, and Addis Ababa refused some mediation to solve the crisis.
Shukry added that the world is witnessing changes and that the Egyptian policy is based on a long balance of the state’s foreign relations, in addition to its role in the region and the capabilities it has reached to play a fundamental role on the regional and international arena.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs had made several visits to a number of African countries and Tunisia, carrying messages from President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi about the developments of the Ethiopian dam file, and the Egyptian position in this regard.
During his African trip, the Minister of Foreign Affairs presented what took place in the Kinshasa meetings on April 4 and 5 regarding the dam, highlighting Egypt’s position during these meetings and the sincere will it showed, hoping that it would lead to the launch of a serious negotiation process that would result in a binding legal agreement on filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, In a way that preserves the rights of the three countries, achieves their common interests, and enhances regional security and peace.
The fiery statements coming from the three countries concerned with the GERD crisis continue: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia The crisis continues without any signs of dissolution. While Cairo and Khartoum warn of the dangers of the second filling of the Ethiopian dam, Addis Ababa insists on Complete filling on time during flood season.
In this context, the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, warned, on Wednesday, that his country is classified among the countries that suffer from water poverty, due to the increase in population with the stability of the state’s share of water resources.
Madbouly also revealed that the citizen’s share of water is in the range of 600 cubic meters per year, while the water poverty limit is 1000 cubic meters per year.
This comes as the head of the Sudanese technical committee for the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam, Mustafa Hussein Al-Zubair, held Ethiopia responsible for the damages that Sudan will be exposed to, if it insists on starting the process of the second filling of the Renaissance Dam reservoir in next July.
Al-Zubair told “Sputnik” that last July, Ethiopia caused damages to Sudan, including the exit of a number of water stations from service and the impact of electricity production, calling for the need to ensure a comprehensive and legal agreement between the governments of the three countries regarding the second filling of the reservoir.
The Sudanese government announced the arrangement of a diplomatic campaign in Africa to gain support for Sudan’s position on the Renaissance Dam.
The tour led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Maryam Al-Sadiq will start in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as it chairs the current session of the African Union. The tour will also include Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda to hold talks with the heads of these countries.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, Tuesday, that “downstream countries do not want the success of the African Union mediation in the Renaissance Dam crisis.” She declared her refusal.Historical agreements of the Nile waters that the two downstream countries adhere to That is, Egypt and Sudan.
The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry continued, saying, “We count on the resumption of negotiations on the Renaissance Dam under the auspices of the African Union,” noting that negotiations are taking place “at the present time regarding the process of filling the Renaissance Dam only.” And it considered that “the threats issued by Egypt and Sudan are useless.”
With the failure to reach an agreement on this thorny and unresolved file for years, Ethiopia considered earlier that conspiracies were being hatched against it in the issue of the Renaissance Dam. The Ethiopian Minister of Irrigation, Seleshi Bikley, said in a series of tweets on his Twitter account, on Sunday, that this dam is the country’s way out of poverty.