Ethiopian Prime Minister: We do not aim to harm Egypt or Sudan, and the Renaissance Dam will serve the interests of the three countries.
In response to questions from parliament members, the Ethiopian Prime Minister said that the Renaissance Dam is a national project, and that his government will continue to complete it despite the pressures.
“We do not aim to harm Egypt or Sudan, and the Renaissance Dam will serve the interests of the three countries,” Abe added.
On another topic, Abiy Ahmed emphasized that there are those who seek to fuel the conflict between ethnicities and nationalities in Ethiopia to destabilize the country, explaining that he made an effort with the leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front for peace and not to go to war.
Abe accused the movement of attacking about 200 army camps and firing rockets at the neighboring country of Eritrea, saying that the movement has become a thing of the past.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister added that his government spent about one billion dollars for the reconstruction of the Tigray region.
For his part, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Dina Mufti, described the Quartet’s proposal on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as sterile and futile.
The Mufti reiterated his country’s commitment to the talks led by the African Union, noting that the negotiations were temporarily suspended due to the transfer of power to the President of the Union.
Mufti added that it is inappropriate to call for the Quartet’s proposal before the final results of the African Union-led negotiations are known.
Two days ago, the US President’s Special Envoy to Ethiopia, Senator Chris Koons, held talks with Ethiopian officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as with the President of the African Commission, Moussa Faki, in light of US concern about border tension with Sudan and the escalation of disputes between Addis Ababa, Khartoum and Cairo over the Renaissance Dam, In addition to international criticism of the Ethiopian army’s operations in the Tigray region.
The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Demiky Mekonnen, said that he assured the American official of his country’s adherence to the African Union’s sponsorship of the Grand Renaissance Dam negotiations.
On March 9, Ethiopia rejected a Sudanese proposal, which Egypt supported a month ago, to form a quadripartite international mediation that includes the United Nations, the United States, the European and African Union, to solve the stalled negotiations.
Addis Ababa insists on the second filling of the dam next July, even if it does not reach an agreement on it with Cairo and Khartoum, while Egypt and Sudan insist on the need to first reach a tripartite agreement to ensure that their annual share of the Nile water is not affected.