Ethiopia Slams Pressure After Trump Remark About Destroying Dam

Nellie Chapman
October 25, 2020

In response to the statements of U.S. President Donald Trump on Ethiopia's evasion from signing a U.S. -brokered deal with Egypt and Sudan on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said, "the Renaissance Dam is the dam of Ethiopia and Ethiopians will continue that work whatsoever".

"They will never see that money unless they adhere to that agreement", Trump added.

Trump earlier this year told the State Department to suspend millions of dollars in aid to Ethiopia because of the dam dispute, upsetting Ethiopians who had accused the US of being biased during its earlier efforts to broker a deal on the project among Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

In a tweet, former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Trump's comments were reckless and irresponsible. "They can't do that".

"It's a very risky situation because Egypt is not going to be able to live that way", Trump told reporters in the White House. "And they will end up blowing up the dam". And I said it, and I'll say it loud and clear, they'll blow up that Dam. So whatever you can do to get them, Ethiopia, to do that, they're going to have to.

"I had a deal done, and then they broke a deal, and they can't do that, they can't do that. Okay? And we've cut off all payment and everything else to Ethiopia".

The European Union warned of increasing tensions over the Renaissance Dam, noting the need to move forward to reach an agreement on the issue between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia pledged not to submit to any attacks of any kind, hours after US President Donald Trump announced that Egypt would end up bombing the Renaissance Dam on the Nile.

The US said last month that it was suspending a portion of its financial aid to Ethiopia due to a lack of progress of talks on talks, as well as the country's "unilateral decision" to fill the dam's reservoir.

"When talking with my colleagues, we all believe that the time has come to come up with a solution that supports the stability of the region, while at the same time supporting the economic potentials and opportunities emanating from the dam", he said.

"Looking at the very successful three rounds of CWW and our partnership with the Government of Egypt and other stakeholders, we are proud to have convened six global and regional events - many of which were attended by over 500 participants, representing 27 countries and 15 worldwide organizations", he added.

Egypt and Sudan are calling for a binding legal agreement that includes stipulating rules for the safety of the dam, its filling in times of drought, the operating system, and a dispute settlement mechanism.

Studies also show that only through close and continuous coordination can the risks of negative impacts be minimized. Later, several negotiations rounds took place but were in vain culminating into the current stalemate.

"Reckless conversation of the President of USA with Sudanese PM".

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