Ethiopia Seeks U.S. Clarification on Reports of Planned Aid Cut

By Samuel Gebre/ Bloomberg
August 31, 2020

Ethiopia asked the U.S. government to clarify reports it may withhold about $130 million of aid in a bid to pressure the Horn of Africa nation to review its plans to fill a new dam that have affronted its neighbors.

“We have asked for clarification on reports of the United States’ decision not to give the $130 million it assigned to Ethiopia,” Fitsum Arega, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the U.S., said on Twitter. “We have heard that the issue is related to the ongoing negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.”

Ethiopia and Egypt are at an impasse over how the dam on a tributary of the Nile River will be managed. Egypt, which depends on the Nile for most of its fresh-water needs, is opposed to any development it says will impact the flow downstream — a position echoed by Sudan. Ethiopia is developing a 6,000-megawatt power plant at the dam, and has asserted a right to use the resource for its development.

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As part of its effort to end the impasse, the U.S. is considering cutting aid that could affect security, counter-terrorism and anti-human trafficking programs, Foreign Policy reported Aug. 28.

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Friday reached a deadlock in tripartite talks about the dam, Sudanese Irrigation Minister Yasser Abas said.


  1. “$130 million of aid” ነው ይሄ ሁሉ የሚያነጋግረው ያለው ?? እንኳንስ 120.000.000 (መቶ ሃያ ሚልዮን? ኢትዮጵያውያንን የሚያገለግል ….. ለመስራት ይቅርና፣ ማይ ሹምን ገድቦ የአክሱም ጠላ ቤቶችን ለማስገልገል የሚበቃን ….. ለማከናወን በቂነት ያለውም አይመስለኝ !!

  2. ወይ የግድ እርዳታ ካልተሰጠኝ ብሎ ሰዉ ይገግማል እንዴ? ምነዉ መለመን ታዉቁበት የለ? የለማኝ ዘር!

  3. Der Anfang vom Ende እንዲሉት፣ የጀርመን Portals እንደዘገቡት ከሆነ፣ ሰውየው መንቀጥቀጥ ጀምሯል:: እሰይ እንኳን አይባልም፣ ግን ‘የኢትዮጵያ አምላክ’ (አምላክ ካላት ነው!) እየተከታተለው ነው…………!!

  4. It’s official the Aid is suspended. Amb. Fitsum just confirmed on Twitter that he has received a reply to his clarification request. The allocated U.S. foreign assistance for Ethiopia is suspended due to GERD. So much for those who falsely rooted for Trump as a friend of Ethiopia. አል and his hippo- dinosaurs በጣም ተዳክመዋል። This epic misreading of Trump is definitely for the history books and should serve as a last chapter. Time to give the new generation a chance in handling their own affair as they see fit. You have suffocated the political space way beyond your welcome. If you were a member of congress this would be your 8th term in office. It’s time to retire and call it quits while you can before you are pulled out of the scene in a cane and a stretcher.

  5. Biden is not going to be any different. The U.S. does not want to see starvation, mass migration and civil unrest in the Horn of Africa, Sudan, and Egypt. Ethiopian policies need to be more responsible. Too much national pride can hurt too many people.

  6. Biden has very high level Ethiopian Americans advising him. If he wins, and he will win, things will change very fast in favor of Ethiopia. And Egypt knows that more than anyone that’s why as we speak their pushing Trump hard. But one thing that will assure you will change is that the useless minority like አል and his hippo- dinosaurs will not be allowed to muddy the waters of U.S-Ethiopia relations under Biden like they did under Obama. If they try they will receive strong push back. That’s part of plan should Biden succeed, which he will. We shall win!!!

  7. “Biden has very high level Ethiopian Americans advising him”. True, but he is American and is entrusted to do what is best for America not Ethiopia or the Chinese companies that work in Ethiopia.

  8. In Africa, America’s interest is Ethiopia’s interest, specifically in East Africa: democracy, prosperity, stability and peace. Ethiopia is our oldest partner in the continent and America has to respect our historic friendship. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Biden will restore what Trump has destroyed in matter of 3 and half years. We’ll also reactivate the Obama fellows program in Ethiopia so they can better save their country. As out first Ambassador to Ethiopia Amb. Robert P. Skinner, wrote in a Telegram messages to State Department in 1903, “if independent Ethiopia falls, that contingency is most likely to result from dissensions from the Ethiopians themselves.” In the same token the only people who would want for Biden to fail are the pro-Trump and anti-Obama Ethiopians in the Diaspora namely አል and his hippo- dinosaurs. But don’t worry we have plans to deal with them as well as Egypt. To use an American proverb, we will not put robbers to work in a bank. As to the hippo chicken-littles, nattering nabobs of negativism, fake scholars and fake human rights activists in the diaspora (i.e. አል and company) for them after all is said and done, more is said than done. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. Let’s talk after victory. We shall win!!!

  9. ሄሪ ምንተስኖት፥ ዛሬ ደግሞ ፈረንጅ መስለሃል

    A cat may go to a monastery, but she still remains a cat.

    If you are pepper, I am mustard; if you are a needle, I am a knife.

  10. USA can keep her aid money. What Ethiopia demands from USA is that she stop her interference in the tripartite negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan because she is not impartial. She has clearly shown favoritism to Egypt on unjust excuses.

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