CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt stated on Tuesday it had accepted a U.S. invitation to a gathering of overseas ministers over a venture for an enormous hydropower dam on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile that’s inflicting an escalating spat between the 2 African international locations.
FILE PHOTO: The Blue Nile flows into Ethiopia’s Nice Renaissance Dam in Guba Woreda, some 40 km (25 miles) from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photograph
The assembly of overseas ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, the three nations straight affected by the venture, can be held in Washington, Egypt’s overseas ministry stated, with out stating a date or if the opposite nations had agreed.
“Egypt has acquired an invite from the U.S. administration,” the ministry stated in a press release, including, “an invite that Egypt instantly accepted.”
Egypt is nervous that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), underneath development close to Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, will prohibit provides of already scarce Nile waters on which it’s virtually solely dependent.
After years of three-way talks with Ethiopia and Sudan, it says it has exhausted efforts to succeed in a pact on circumstances for working the dam and filling the reservoir behind.
Ethiopia says the dam is essential to its financial improvement and has denied that the talks between the three are stalled, accusing Egypt of making an attempt to sidestep the method.
Ethiopia won’t be stopped from constructing the dam, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stated on Tuesday.
Abiy, who gained the Nobel prize this month for his peacemaking efforts with longtime enemy Eritrea, additionally raised the prospect of battle over the dam, saying, “If we’re going to battle…we will deploy many thousands and thousands. However battle is just not an answer.”
Egypt criticised the feedback as “unacceptable”.
“Egypt … expressed its shock, nice concern and deep remorse over feedback conveyed by media and attributed to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed,” the overseas ministry stated.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is anticipated to satisfy Abiy throughout a Russia-Africa summit this week. Egypt has prompt bringing in an outdoor get together, probably the World Financial institution or america, to mediate the dispute.
Ethiopia has beforehand rejected bringing in a mediator.
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Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez