According to the Ethiopian News Agency, Abi Ahmed said that the recent pressures on his country stem from the long-term diplomatic influence of Egypt, and that even if the Egyptians did not contribute a single drop of Nile water, they controlled the diplomatic corner, while his country, which possesses the resources, suffers from poverty.
He added that the Ethiopians should unite inside and outside the country, saying that “the key is our cooperation, our unity and our strategic diplomacy.”
Today, Monday, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation, Yasser Abbas called on Ethiopia to accept the quadripartite mediation in the Renaissance Dam negotiations.
“We call on Ethiopia to accept the quadripartite mediation to reach a legal, fair and binding agreement that meets the requirements of the countries concerned with the Renaissance Dam file,” Abbas said in statements to “Sky News Arabia”.
He added, “We believe that the international experience under the leadership of the African Union will provide a political impetus for the negotiations.”
This comes after Ethiopia rejected the request of Egypt and Sudan to form a quadripartite mediation committee in the negotiations of the Renaissance Dam, with the participation of the African Union, the European Union, the United States and the United Nations.
Ethiopia earlier rejected this proposal, saying that it believes that the mediation of the African Union is sufficient in the ongoing negotiations, although no agreement has been reached yet.