Egypt warns Ethiopia Nile dam dispute ‘life or death’

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November 19, 2017

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, for the second time in as many days, delivered on Saturday a stern warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building after the two countries along with Sudan failed to approve a study on its potential effects.

Ethiopia is finalising construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, its first major dam on the Blue Nile, and will eventually start filling the giant reservoir behind it to power the Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam.

Egypt fears that will cut into its water supply, destroying parts of its precious farmland and squeezing its population of 94 million people, who already face water shortages.

Dam construction on international rivers often causes disputes over the downstream impact.


Cairo said last week that the three countries had failed to approve an initial study by a consultancy firm on the dam’s potential effects on Egypt and Sudan.

Ethiopia says the dam is essential to its development and has repeatedly sought to reassure Egypt. But Cairo’s efforts to persuade Addis Ababa to engage in closer coordination over the dam appear to have made little headway.

El-Sissi sought to reassure Egyptians in televised comments while attending the inauguration a fish farm in the Nile Delta province of Kafr el-Sheikh, but stressed that “water is a matter of life or death.” “No one can touch Egypt’s share of water,” he said.

The Nile provides over 90 per cent of Egypt’s water supply. It already receives the lion’s share of Nile waters more than 55 billion of the around 88 billion cubic meters of water that flow down the river each year.

El-Sissi used a news conference at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Nov 8 to deliver the same message to Ethiopia.

“We view positively the developmental needs of our friends and brothers in Ethiopia,” he said, then added “We are capable of protecting our national security and water to us is a question of national security. Full stop.” The Egyptian leader did not say how Egypt intended to proceed. The government has publicly ruled out military action, but top Egyptian officials have in recent months been sharpening their rhetoric on Ethiopia.

El-Sissi has sought to foster better ties with sub-Saharan Africa, especially fellow Nile basin countries, insisting that while his country needs its full share of the river’s waters, it is ready to help them with their economic development.

Published in Dawn, November 19th, 2017


  1. Life or death what? What about it? I don’t think Sisi will send his F16’s or halawa drunk fat cat soldiers to do some harm on the dam. He will rather grease the palms of his house nigger, the Black Italian Al-Toweel Isaias so he can send one of his clunky SU-29’s to do his dirty job. If anyone tries to even look at this property of the entire people of Ethiopia with a hostile stare it should be taken as such. Seriously that is. Then if it becomes a victim of sabotage by Sisi, then the people of the old country should march north in their millions with picks and shovels and tell that Nile to turn south, east, southeast toward Wello, Oromia, Afar…. The Nile is then said to be refusing to run its current course. There will be no Nile to worry about by Sisi. Period! Case closed!!! Hayilikethat!!!! This Egypt is sitting on proven billions upon billions gallons of underground water in its vast aquifer under its feet plus the immense water of the Red and Mediterranean Seas. It should put is idle engineers in their tens of thousands doing nothing but loafing around all day long. Shut up!!!

  2. General Al Sisi is spot on 110%. All Ethiopian opposition forces all over the world should be contacting Egyptian leadership on a daily basis to let them know that they stand with Egypt 100%. They will fight side by side with Egyptian forces in order to destroy the DAM which is designed to starve to death millions of Egyptians and crash their economy. So, the Egyptian leadership and Ethiopian opposition forces have the same enemy tyrannical TPLF/EPRDF. THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND. Moreover, Ethiopian opposition forces should let the Egyptian leaders know the fact that NOT EVEN 1% OF ETHIOPIANS SUPPORT THE CRIMIMAL TPLF/EPRDF and the GRAND RENAISSANCE DAM IS A PERSONAL PROPERTY OF THE MAFIA/TERRORIST TPLF/EPRDF GANG. It is not only not owned by Ethiopian people even though they are forced to cough up their last penny to subsidize the dam but also the profits from the dam will go to the bank accounts of the mafia/terrorist/criminal TPLF/EPRDF gangs and will be used to buy more weapons in order to kill and jail millions of innocent Ethiopians.

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