Ethiopia: Filling the Renaissance Dam reservoir is no longer one of our priorities and we are ready to negotiate

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told a parliamentary session yesterday, Tuesday, that filling the Renaissance Dam's reservoir is no longer a priority for his country, which has retained enough water. He pointed out that there has been no damage to the high dam in Egypt as previously rumored, noting that his government is open to dialogue and negotiations that achieve mutual benefits.

Abiy Ahmed said, “Our brothers in Egypt will listen to them and exchange opinions and ideas with them, and we will respond to their concerns.”

He pointed out that although the Blue Nile originates in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa has not politicized the issue. “Rather, we are happy to share our resources with others, and the Nile River is still flowing for our neighbors and will not stop.”

On another topic, the Ethiopian Prime Minister said that outside parties want to wage a proxy war against his country through Somalia, hinting in response to questions from delegates in parliament that the acquisition of the sea port by his country would be necessary to ensure the flow represents an existential issue. As he said, in light of the increase in the needs of its population, the supply of goods and supply chains to it.

It should be noted that in December last year, the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, witnessed the fourth and last meeting between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan regarding the Renaissance Dam, as Cairo later said in a statement. Was announced. Conversation.

The Egyptian statement at the time continued, “Egypt will closely monitor the process of filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, and it reserves its right guaranteed under international conventions to protect its waters and national security in the event of damage. Is.”

Cairo, which was most affected by the Renaissance Dam, had high hopes for the success of the negotiation process launched in mid-July within the framework of the three countries' agreement to accelerate the finalization of agreement on the rules. Filling and commissioning of the dam within 4 months.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met on the sidelines of the “Summit of Sudan's Neighboring Countries” on July 13, 2023, and reached an agreement on the filling and operation of a 4-month Agreed on setting a time limit. dam, but it actually reopened in late August. Last August.

These last four rounds came after the failure of the African Union initiative to bring together the views of the three countries and the failure of all mediations, especially after the breakdown in negotiations that lasted for more than two years from April 2021.

Ethiopia is about to complete the huge project, which is valued at about $4 billion, and aims to create the largest dam for hydroelectric power generation in Africa, but it raises regional tensions, especially with Egypt, which provides electricity. Dependent on the Nile River. About 97% of its needs are for irrigation and drinking water.

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