Pope, Tawadros II, called on Ethiopia to avoid anxiety and conflict in the region, and to go to a consensual solution in the Renaissance Dam crisis, which Addis Ababa insists on filling it for a second time, while Cairo and Khartoum refuse to do so before reaching an agreement that defines the rules for operating and filling the dam.
“We pray a lot about the problem of the Renaissance Dam, for God to extend his hand and work on it to reach solutions that satisfy everyone,” said the Egyptian Coptic Pope, in a religious sermon that was broadcast on state television on the eve of the Easter Mass. Read also What is behind the news .. Why did Abi Ahmed reject Hamdok’s invitation for a tripartite summit in Khartoum regarding the Renaissance Dam?The Renaissance Dam .. What are the options of Egypt and Sudan?Submission, withdrawal, or escalation? .. What will Egypt and Sudan do in light of Ethiopia’s insistence on filling the Renaissance Dam?
Tawadros II called on the government and people of Ethiopia to participate, cooperate and develop instead of any concern, conflict or troubles, and said, “We are brothers in the Eternal Nile River.”
“We pray that God will succeed in all good efforts, diplomatic and political efforts, so that we do not resort to any other efforts,” he added, without specifying the nature of those efforts.
Tawadros II did not comment, during his speech, on media reports about the attempt by Ethiopians to raise the flag of their country in the monastery of the Sultan owned by the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church in occupied Jerusalem.
Addis Ababa insists on a second filling of the dam with water, next July, after about a year of similar filling, amid stalled negotiations with Egypt and Sudan, and talks from the two countries on open options to confront any damage to their estimated share of 55.5 billion cubic meters and 18.5 billion cubic meters. Billion cubic meters respectively or their water facilities.
Sudan continues its efforts to mobilize regional support for its position on the Renaissance Dam crisis, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maryam Al Mahdi, held talks with her Ugandan counterpart, Sam Kutesa, on Saturday, and the Sudanese official’s tour also includes Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In the strongest tone of the threat to Addis Ababa since the outbreak of the crisis 10 years ago, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said, on March 30, that the waters of the Nile are a red line, and we will not allow any prejudice to our water rights, and any prejudice to Egypt’s water will have a reaction that threatens the stability of the region. In full.