Wednesday 31 March 2021
Books – Muhammad Safwat:
The Ethiopian government announced on Wednesday evening that it had begun removing about 5,000 hectares (approximately 13,000 acres) of forests surrounding the Renaissance Dam, in preparation for the second phase of the filling process, according to the official Ethiopian News Agency.
And local Ethiopian newspapers reported that about 2,000 people will work to clear the forests behind the dam in preparation for the second filling process.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday that it had “informed the US envoy to Sudan, Donald Booth, of its” decisive decision “regarding the second filling of the Renaissance Dam.
Earlier in the day, the Ethiopian ambassador to Cairo, Marcus Tekle Riki, announced today, Wednesday, that negotiations on the Renaissance Dam with Egypt and Sudan will soon be resumed, to reach a satisfactory agreement with all parties under the auspices of the African Union.
Ricky added, during a press conference held today at the headquarters of the Ethiopian embassy in Cairo: “We have not formally communicated with Ethiopia about the quartet of mediation committee proposed by Sudan, and we only heard about it from the media.”
During the reception of Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Sudanese Foreign Minister, today, Wednesday, Donald Booth, the US special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Sudan considered that Ethiopias unilateral actions in the Renaissance Dam file undermined mutual trust, adding that Ethiopia was trying to buy time to complete the process of filling the second filling of the dam, while Washington called To a binding and fair agreement regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi confirmed on Tuesday that Egypt had chosen to negotiate the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam file from the beginning.
He added in a press conference at the Suez Canal Authority: “The hostile action is ugly and has effects that extend for many years, because the people do not forget this. Our battle is a negotiation battle. Every day public opinion and international officials realize that Egypt is gaining land. All that we ask is something that does not go beyond the laws.” It is related to transboundary waters, in which there is additional movement on the subject during the coming weeks. We hope that we will reach a binding legal agreement. ”