PM says Ethiopia will not cut Egypt's share of Nile waters

A unified stream of thought

A unified stream of thought

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.

"We have come a long way in building confidence and strengthening bilateral cooperation", Sisi said.

His remarks came in a joint press conference in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following their talks on the giant dam that is now being built on the Nile River.

"My government and my people have no intention to harm the people of Egypt and the government of Egypt".

"We will take care of the Nile and we will preserve your share and we will work to increase this quota and President Sisi and I will work on this", Ahmed said, addressing Egyptians.

"The visit is important because it is the Ethiopian new premier's first visit to Cairo and it will reveal his vision on the dam issue", said Hani Raslan, head of Sudan and Nile Basin studies department at Cairo-based Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

A similar ministerial meeting in April in the Sudanese capital Khartoum failed to reach an agreement over technical issues regarding the GERD, with Ethiopia and Sudan holding Egypt responsible for the talk failure and Egypt rejecting the blame and inviting for further talks in Cairo. Ethiopia, which has roughly same population size, says the dam is essential for its economic development.

The dam is being built near the Ethiopia-Sudan border and is already 63 percent complete.

Construction workers are seen in a section of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, as it undergoes construction, during a media tour along the river Nile in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Guba Woreda, in Ethiopia, March 31, 2015.

Addis Ababa hopes the finished project can transform it into one of Africa's key energy hubs.

The main sticking point with Egypt concerns how quickly the reservoir behind the dam is filled, and the impact that will have downstream.

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