Wednesday 31 March 2021
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,” according to Sky News.
Last February, Sudan proposed forming a quadripartite mechanism that includes the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and the United States, something Egypt welcomed and Ethiopia rejected.
The Ethiopian ambassador in Cairo affirmed that his country always focuses on negotiations and works on resolving disputes in a peaceful manner.
The Ethiopian ambassador to Cairo stated that his country has been building the dam since 2011 and has been transparent towards Egypt, and that his country is open to dialogue and wants a satisfactory agreement for all parties, stressing that the Renaissance Dam will not cause harm to the two downstream countries.
He explained that it is in Ethiopias interest to reach an agreement and “they are ready for that,” as he put it.
He added, “Our goal was to fill the dam within 3 years, but we agreed to fill it from 5 to 7 years, depending on the desire of the downstream countries.”
The Ethiopian ambassador to Cairo stressed that Addis Ababa is committed to negotiations and peaceful solutions, and that we are focusing on negotiations at the present time.
These statements came after President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi warned against infringing Egypt’s right to the Nile waters, saying that touching it is a “red line” and will have an impact on the stability of the entire region.
Egypt and Sudan are demanding the conclusion of a binding agreement with Ethiopia regarding filling and operating the dam, and through the mediation of the United Nations, the European and African Union and the United States, in the negotiations on the dam, which Addis Ababa rejects.