Sisi emphasizes that Egypt’s water rights are closely linked to Arab national security
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stressed on Sunday that Egypt’s water rights are closely linked to Arab national security, and personally thanked Iraq and Jordan for Egypt’s supporting positions about this question.
This came in a speech Sisi gave at the Egypt-Iraqi-Jordan tripartite summit held in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Sisi said Arab water rights are an inherent component of Arab national security, which requires coordination and cooperation to preserve them.
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are vying for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that Addis Ababa has been building on the Blue Nile, one of the tributaries of the Nile, for more than a decade.
Ethiopia started building GERD on the Blue Nile in 2011. Egypt considers GERD to be one of its most serious water problems.
Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have held several rounds of negotiations over the past decade, but ultimately failed to reach an agreement to resolve the GERD crisis.
Egypt and Sudan say they want a legally binding agreement on the filling and operation of GERD, while Ethiopia is trying to evade a binding agreement.
Egypt, which relies heavily on fresh water from the Nile, expressed fears that GERD could negatively impact the country’s water supply and insisted that measures be put in place to protect downstream countries in the event of drought during the dam filling process.
Ethiopia, on the other hand, stressed the importance of the project in supporting its economy, where more than half of the population currently lives without access to electricity.
Ethiopia’s Defense Ministry’s engineering department director Bacha Debele Buta said on Friday that his country was ready for a “military solution” to the GERD dispute with Egypt and Sudan, but stressed that it was not was not something of his nation. desire.
“For my country, water should not be a reason for war,” he said in an interview with Russia Today.
“Therefore, the solution cannot be military, and the best way is to discuss through the African Union,” he said.
However, he said that “every country is ready to defend the homeland, and we are ready to push back any enemy who tries to undermine our sovereignty. We are ready to defend.