Saudi official visits Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

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Al-Masry Al-Youm
Al-Masry Al-Youm
Al-Masry Al-Youm
An informed source said that the advisor to the royal court of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed al-Khatib, visited the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam while he was in the capital of Addis Ababa; a visit that was not on his schedule.

The Saudi Foreign Minister declared that the king’s ambassador in Ethiopia received Khatib and the accompanying delegation ahead of their meeting with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn to tackle ways of boosting bilateral ties in all fields.

Ethiopian television reported Saturday that Khatib met with the prime minister, who urged the Saudi kingdom to support the dam project financially and to invest in Ethiopia.

They agreed on forming a joint committee for cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy.

Meanwhile, Former Irrigation Minister Mohamed Nasreddin Allam considered Khatib’s visit to the dam a dangerous move and said it constitutes an act of public intrigue.

He described the visit as an attempt to harm the interests of 92 million Egyptians and an added response to the ongoing conflicts between Egypt and the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia plans to take advantage of the dam to provide Sudan and Yemen with electricity, within its support to them, Allam told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

He added that this is an immoral action by the kingdom, which will have future negative impacts that could widen the gap between Arab countries.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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  1. What is this? “The Saudi Foreign Minister declared that the king’s ambassador in Ethiopia received Khatib and the accompanying delegation ahead of their meeting with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn to tackle ways of boosting bilateral ties in all fields.” Old News? But the date is current! Bizare stuff.

  2. The visit to the Dam construction site is great. We are people in shadow of death. We as a country can not feed our people. Our daily activity is based on killing and jailing one another. Every groups engaged in war drumming about their heroism of killing the opposite combatants or protesters. Anybody in normal mindstatus understand what
    the hell situation is on the way because of ethnic politics. Our future can not determind by war. Our sovereignity as a country and Ethiopian generation can survive only with integrity as Ethiopian. One mechanisms to survive is to build the Ecnomy. Hence, the Dam is an input to the Ethiopian Economy. So. I if Saudi cooperates The construction of the Dam, WELLCOME. Why not? This the economic sector of the country. Let us not to tie the country’s Economy with going out and coming governments. Of course there is a struggle among the rights and the wrongs.

    I know that the truth on the ground is not as easy as typing comments on the screen, but as as adirty poor Ethipian who is among 93 millions of Ethiopians, I am fed off war, Hunger, poverty. Hay! Go to each Ethiopians home in the country side in the shanty areas of the cities and look in what the he’ll people waiting for death. Are you kidding me? You will bring a United Ethiopia by pursuing rthenic politics? And demolishing the private and public economic sectors? By killing and jailing one another during every change of Goverments? By insulting dehumanizing every intellectuals who struggle for one Ethiopia in peaceful way?
    We do not need any criteria to live and work in any single spot land of Ethiopia without anybody’s permission as an Ethiopian. For that the current constitution has to be reformed in will of the people

    There for,the continuation of the Dam construction, the good will of the countries to help and to have shareholders is appreciated as it is a work place for thousands of Ethiopians in order to get a meal to sustain their lives and the lives of their loved ones. We are for life not for death. Enshalah

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