President Sisi Asks Ethiopian PM to 'Swear to God' Over Nile Crisis (Video)

Published June 11th, 2018 - 10:08 GMT
(AFP/ File Photo)
(AFP/ File Photo)

A video shows the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali vowing that his country will not do any harm to the Egyptian water, as both countries are having a crisis over the construction of an Ethiopian dam on the Nile River.

“I swear to God that Ethiopia will not do any harm to Egypt’s water”, Sisi dictates the Ethiopian PM who speaks native Aramaic language, in Arabic, before he starts laughing and applauding Ali.

Both leaders remarks came during a joint press conference in Cairo, where they met to discuss the disputed construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile River. The construction of the dam is currently being built on the main tributary to Nile River of Egypt without harming any party.

The video went viral among Egyptian social media users who poked fun at the President’s naive remarks, and his choice of diplomatic solutions!

The Egyptian comedian Youssef Hussein, known as Joe, tweeted:

Translation: “He is making him swear by God to save Egypt’s share of water? Thank God, I was really afraid and worried that the Ethiopian PM might refuse to swear!!”

Others wondered, what might happen if the current Ethiopian PM, who swore, has been changed or replaced?

One of the tweets suggested an ironic conspiracy planned by the Egyptian Intelligence behind this meeting:

Translation: “This is another victory for the Egyptian Intelligence.” The Intelligence plan worked well in planning a meeting on this special day, to make the Ethiopian PM swear on Laylat al-Qadr (the holy Night of Decree for Muslims in Ramadan). 

However, many social media users expressed frustration of the incident.

Translation: “By his weak imagination power, Sisi thought that by making the Ethiopian PM swear he is saving Egypt’s historic right in Nile waters, the Ethiopian PM will stick to his swear. It was rather you do it and stick to your sworn in and not wasting the land. An indescribable failure.”

Diplomatic tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia have seen on the rise since the dam project started in 2011. The dam is expected to be Africa’s largest dam that will produce around 6,000 megawatts of electricity for Ethiopia.

However, it is believed to have massive benefits for Ethiopia and Sudan while it might affect Egypt’s 55.5-billion-cubic-meter annual share of the river which raises concerns and fears among Egyptians.


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