Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said during a conference today, Tuesday, that no one can violate Egypt’s right to the Nile water, warning that prejudice to it is a “red line” and will have an impact on the stability of the entire region.
Al-Sisi added in his statements on the sidelines of his visit to the Suez Canal: “No one can take a drop of water from Egypt’s waters. Whoever wants to try, let him try, and there will be a state of instability in the entire region, and no one is far from our power.”
Al-Sisi indicated that he does not threaten anyone with his statements, stressing that “the hostile act is an ugly matter and has long-term effects that the people will not forget.”
He said that negotiation is the option that Egypt started and that it is in the issue of negotiating the Renaissance Dam crisis and hopes to reach a fair and binding legal agreement that achieves profit for all.
Al-Sisi clarified that there will be a movement in the course of negotiations in the coming period, adding that matters are governed by international laws related to transboundary waters.
The Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Ati, had met with the US envoy to Sudan, Donald Booth, and the European Union’s envoy, Marina Freila, to discuss the current position of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam negotiations and ways to re-launch negotiations with the aim of reaching a fair and binding legal agreement to fill and operate the dam.
Abdel-Aty affirmed Egypt’s full support for the Sudanese proposal calling for the formation of an international quartet led by the Democratic Republic of the Congo with the participation of the United States, the European Union and the United Nations to mediate between the three countries, noting the importance of the negotiations being effective and serious to maximize their chances of success.
Sudan and Egypt have entered into fruitless talks with Ethiopia regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, since work began on it in 2011.
Ethiopia, which has achieved its first-year goals of storing water, says it will go ahead with filling the dam’s reservoir, whether or not the three parties reach an agreement among themselves.
The Nile River is the lifeblood of the 10 countries it crosses, providing them with water and electricity.
Sudan and Egypt fear that the dam will dry up their water resources.
Egypt depends on the Nile River for about 97 percent of its irrigation and drinking water. The Renaissance Dam is a threat to life in it, while Ethiopia believes that the project is necessary to supply it with electricity and to achieve development projects in it. And it demands what it calls a fair use of the Nile water.
The White Nile and the Blue Nile meet in Khartoum before it crosses Egypt and flows towards the Mediterranean Sea.