A senior Egyptian diplomat stated Tuesday that the Biden administration shouldn’t be placing sufficient stress on Ethiopia to assist resolve the controversy surrounding Addis Ababa’s development of a controversial dam on the Nile River.
“We haven’t seen that type of stress for the previous yr, and what’s wanted is to proceed the hassle that had been spearheaded by the earlier administration,” Egyptian Ambassador to the US Motaz Zahran stated.
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Zahran was referring to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which Egypt needs to be crammed slowly.
“It’s existential for Egypt, merely put. With out the waters of the Nile, life will stop to exist,” the diplomat advised Al Arabiya English throughout an occasion by Al-Monitor in Washington.
He referred to as on Ethiopia and all events to succeed in an settlement accepted by all sides.
Requested what may occur if diplomatic efforts stay stalled, Zahran stated: “You’ll have a scenario whereby Egypt must have a look at all its choices.”
Months after the Biden administration got here to workplace, the US president appointed a particular envoy for the Horn of Africa, signifying renewed US curiosity in resolving disputes there.
However home points, coupled with the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have taken consideration away from Ethiopia and Sudan.
Two totally different US envoys stepped down in what sources imagine was the results of frustration on the lack of backing from senior administration officers.
Nevertheless, Zahran stated Egypt want to see a extra “proactive US that is ready to shepherd the method” in the direction of a mutually agreed resolution.
“We’ve seen an administration that has placed on the desk right here in Washington a doc that has not catered to the pursuits of Egypt, Ethiopia or Sudan totally,” the ambassador stated. “The USA has an necessary position to play. The USA has leverage, and it’s all the time suggested for the US to make use of that leverage when it comes to bringing goodness and righteousness to the area.”
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