Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that his country is proceeding with the second mobilization of the Renaissance Dam, despite strong opposition from Egypt and Sudan, while Khartoum called on the African Union to pressure Addis Ababa to reach a binding agreement between the three parties in the dam crisis.
In a message to his citizens on the occasion of Easter, published by his Twitter account today, Saturday, Ahmed said that his country is looking forward to the implementation of the second filling of the dam lake on the Blue Nile River in July. Read also Water expert: Ethiopia did not follow international law at any stage of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Ethiopia relies upon it to build the Renaissance Dam .. What is the Declaration of Principles Agreement?Does Sisi do it? The opposition calls for a national lineup to confront the Renaissance Dam
He added that the closer Ethiopia is to achieving the desired hope, the stronger the test, noting that the dam project, whose cost exceeds $ 4 billion, is in its final stages.
He added that the challenges facing Ethiopia will not prevent it from implementing more projects.
Addis Ababa has so far refused to respond to the repeated request of Egypt and Sudan to leave the reservoir of the Renaissance Dam lake next summer before reaching a binding agreement that defines the rules for operating the dam and filling it.
While Egypt and Sudan fear that the second filling of the dam will affect their Nile water resources and water facilities, Ethiopia affirms that it does not intend to cause any harm to the two countries.
A few days ago, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said that it is not fair to allocate specific water quotas to Egypt and Sudan, and to accept the agreement to share the waters of the Nile that was signed in 1959 between the
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A claim to African pressure
For her part, Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi said that her country called on the African Union to pressure the Ethiopian side to reach a binding agreement between the three parties in the Renaissance Dam crisis.
She added, in statements reported by the Sudanese News Agency after her meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali, that her country called for expanding the negotiation mechanism under the auspices of the African Union in order to achieve constructive negotiations. Advertising
The Minister affirmed her country’s position of abiding by the Declaration of Principles Agreement and all agreements regarding the dam.
The Sudanese minister arrived Thursday in Kigali as part of an African tour that also includes Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.
In the context, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that it follows with regret the repeated conversations by Ethiopian officials that Sudan is working to bind Ethiopia what it calls “colonial agreements” on the Nile waters and border agreements between the two countries.
The statement described these cases as misleading, and accused Addis Ababa of disavowing previous agreements.