Ethiopia has summoned the US ambassador to Addis Ababa over comments by President Donald Trump about exploding the Nile dam, calling the remarks incitement of war between Ethiopia and Egypt. It added that Trump’s controversial comments were during hi...
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Ethiopia has summoned the US ambassador to Addis Ababa over comments by President Donald Trump about exploding the Nile dam, calling the remarks incitement of war between Ethiopia and Egypt.
It added that Trump’s controversial comments were during his telephone conversation with the prime ministers of Sudan and the Israeli regime. For the past decade or so, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have been in talks to secure an agreement on unresolved issues related to the potential impact of the $4.6-billion GERD on their water security.
Ethiopia insists the project is vital for its electrification and development needs and has expressed optimism regarding the commencement of the GERD operations early next year. Egypt, which depends on the Nile for some 97 percent of its irrigation and drinking water, fears that the filling of the dam will eventually trigger a water shortage crisis in the event of a prolonged drought.
Sudan, Ethiopia's northern neighbor, is also concerned about the potential consequences of GERD’s construction on its own dams, as well as the safety of its population and farmland from flooding that could result from faults in the construction or operation of the dam.
“The incitement of war between Ethiopia and Egypt from a sitting US president neither reflects the longstanding partnership and strategic alliance between Ethiopia and the United States nor is acceptable in International Law governing interstate relations,” Ethiopia’s foreign ministry further said.
On Friday, Trump suggested that the dam be exploded while announcing a normalization deal between the Israeli regime and Sudan’s cash-strapped and military-led transitional government. "They'll end up blowing up the dam. And I said it and I say it loud and clear -- they'll blow up that dam. And they have to do something,” said Trump, who is a close ally of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.