We have the right to use the Nile water to meet our needs


Source: Dubai- Arabia.net

On Friday, Ethiopia reiterated its firm and firm position expressed by successive governments regarding their “right to use the Nile water resources to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on its Facebook account that it rejects the Arab League’s decision regarding the entire Renaissance Dam, considering that it provides “blind” support to a member country without taking into account key facts in the talks on the Renaissance Dam.

National honor

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abi Ahmed, considered Thursday evening that The Renaissance Dam issue A matter of national honor for Ethiopia, and I will not abandon it. He said in a meeting with the cadres of the federal and regional leaders of the ruling party, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik: “For us, the Renaissance Dam crisis is an issue, a national honor, we will never give it up no matter what gains we will get from abroad.”

He also stressed that “the Renaissance Dam was established and managed in a manner that does not conflict with the interests of other countries.” He explained that his country seeks to end the dam without any damage.

Tension between Egypt and Ethiopia

These statements come after the recent days witnessed a renewed tension between Ethiopia and Egypt, against the backdrop of the recent Ethiopian position. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Giddahsho Andragu, announced on Tuesday that his country will start filling the Renaissance Dam as of next July. He said in a press conference in the capital, Addis Ababa, with the participation of the Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, that his country would start to mobilize the initial reservoir of the Renaissance Dam after 4 months from now, adding that “the land is our land and water is our water and the money by which the Renaissance Dam is built is our money and no power that can prevent us from building it” .

Renaissance Dam (Archives - France Press)
Renaissance Dam (Archives – France Press)

What aWill be called an Egyptian response, Issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the time, and affirmed that Ethiopia can not fill or start the Renaissance Dam except with the consent of Egypt and Sudan in accordance with Article No. 5 of the Declaration of Principles Agreement for the year 2015, which Addis Ababa has signed.

It is reported that Ethiopia was absent from the last round of negotiations on the Renaissance Dam, which was held in Washington on February 27 and 28, 2020.

The United States had announced earlier that it was close to signing an agreement on the outstanding issues in this file, but Ethiopia’s absence re-raised the question marks.


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