Egypt Warns Ethiopia that Dam Project May Cause Regional Instability

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi warns that there will be severe consequences if Ethiopia’s hydropower dam affects Egypt’s water supply.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)’s construction on the Blue Nile near Ethiopians border with Susan has heightened tensions with downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.

Both countries have been chasing a legally binding agreement regarding the operation of the GERD which Ethiopia says will boost its economic development.

“I’m not threatening anyone here, our dialogue is always reasonable and rational,” el-Sisi said. “I say once again no one can take a drop from Egypt’s water, and if it happens there will be inconceivable instability in the region.”

Egypt is concerned about the prospect of the dam affecting its supply of Nile Water which is responsible for 97% of the country’s irrigation and drinking water supplies. Sudan fears for the dam’s safety and regulating water flows through its own dam’s and water stations.

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