Egypt Warns of Ethiopian Dam Conflict

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says “all options are open” after the latest meeting between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia over the GERD ended in a deadlock.

Delegates from each side met in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital city and home to the current chair of the African Union (AU) to try to break the stalemate in the negotiations.

The meeting concluded on Tuesday without reaching a resolution as to the operation and filling of Ethiopia’s dam which the country says is essential to its economic progress.

“I am telling our brothers in Ethiopia, let’s not reach the point where you touch a drop of Egypt’s water, because all options are open,” el-Sisi said on Wednesday.

“We have witnessed the cost of any confrontation,” he added, referring to past regional conflicts.

Sudan’s irrigation minister, Yasser Abbas, said “for Sudan, all options are possible, including returning [the matter] to the UN Security Council and hardening policy … [if] Ethiopia embarks on a second filling [of the dam] without agreement.”

Egypt and Sudan, both downstream on the blue Nile, fear that they may be left without their major source of water if Ethiopia continues to fill the dam’s reservoir.

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