Ethiopia denounces Trump for INCITING WAR by saying Egypt will ‘BLOW UP' disputed Blue Nile dam project
Added 10-24-20 04:37:02pm EST - “US President Donald Trump's comment that Egypt will "blow up" a disputed dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile has sparked an outcry in Addis Ababa, where the government is calling the statement an "incitement to war."” - Rt.com
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Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew summoned US Ambassador Michael Raynor for clarification on Saturday, a day after Trump spoke in the Oval Office about Ethiopia’s $4.6 billion hydroelectric dam project.
The project has created a “very dangerous situation,” said Trump, because one of the country’s downstream neighbors, Egypt, which relies on the Nile and its tributaries for most of its irrigation and drinking water, “is not going to be able to live that way.”
The president’s comments came during a ceremony marking a peace deal between Israel and with Sudan, which is also downstream. “They’ll end up blowing up the dam,” Trump said of Egypt. “And I said it and I say it loud and clear – they’ll blow up the dam. And they have to do something.”
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his country won’t cave in to “belligerent threats.” He added that Ethiopia is committed to talks led by the African Union on resolving disputes over the allocation of the Nile’s waters, and he has seen “significant progress” in negotiations. Known as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the project is billed by Addis Ababa as a way to bring millions of Ethiopians out of poverty.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is an affirmation of Ethiopia’s commitment for equitable and reasonable utilization of the Abbay River.#PMOEthiopiapic.twitter.com/yEIffdcnuA
FM H.E. @GeduAndargachew summoned #UnitedStates Ambassador H.E. Mike Raynor to seek clarifications on z remarks the US President made regarding the Grand #Ethiopia/n Renaissance Dam (#GERD) during his telephone conversation with the Prime Ministers of Sudan & the State of Israel. pic.twitter.com/eygbceW5qJ— MFA Ethiopia???????? (@mfaethiopia) October 24, 2020
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