On Saturday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed reiterated his assurance of continuing the construction of the Renaissance Dam, which he described as “Ethiopias dam.” “The Ethiopians will inevitably complete this work, and there is no force that can prevent us from achieving our goals that we have planned for, and no one colonized us before, and no one will rule us in the future,” he said.
“No one can touch Ethiopia and live in peace, and the Ethiopians will win,” the Ethiopian Prime Minister added in a statement reported by Sky News Arabia.
And Abiy Ahmed added, “There are friends who made this history with us, and there are friends who betrayed during our making of this history. This is not new to Ethiopia.”
This comes in the first official Ethiopian response to US President Donald Trump’s accusation that Ethiopia has violated an agreement ending the Renaissance Dam crisis with Egypt and Sudan.
Trump said that since then, Washington has cut millions of dollars in aid to Addis Ababa due to its delay in the dam negotiations that have been in place for nearly a decade with Egypt and Sudan.
“You cannot blame Egypt for feeling a little uncomfortable,” because of the dam, which “stops the flow of water to the Nile,” Trump said in a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel to celebrate a diplomatic breakthrough.
The US President described the situation as “very dangerous,” adding: “They (the Egyptians) will end up blowing up that dam. They will blow up the dam. We have to do something.”
In turn, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, after a phone call with Trump following the announcement by Sudan and Israel to normalize relations, stressed his country’s desire to reach an amicable solution regarding the Renaissance Dam crisis.
Egypt confirmed on the most occasions that Ethiopia had violated its agreements, as well as its evasiveness and intransigence in not reaching a solution.
While Addis Ababa says it does not aim to harm Egypt’s interests, and that the aim of building the dam is primarily to generate electricity.
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