Hard-Binding Deal! Cairo Sees Ethiopia Dam as 'Existential Threat'

Published September 27th, 2021 - 07:47 GMT
Filling of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam is a main issue for Egypt.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 22, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Jason DeCrow / POOL / AFP)
Egypt describes the Renaissance Dam as an existential threat because it suffers from water scarcity

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reaffirmed the need to ink a binding legal deal on the operation and filling of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam in a manner that takes into account the interests of all parties during talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York.

Egypt describes the dam as an existential threat because it suffers from water scarcity and receives 95 percent of its water needs from the Nile. Egypt fears that the process of filling the dam will affect its share of the river’s water. 

Since 2011, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have been negotiating an agreement on filling and operating the dam, which is intended to be the largest source of hydroelectric power generation in Africa. However, all negotiating attempts have failed.

Shoukry said there is no specific date for the resumption of talks, and the three countries are waiting to hear proposals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the current chair of the African Union.

He added that during his meetings in New York, he was keen to highlight Ethiopia’s “stubborn” position on the crisis.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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