Why Sudan declined Egypt’s draft resolution in Arab League

Sudan declined a draft resolution on Ethiopian Dam that Egypt prepared and tabled at the Arab League. The rest of members states including Djibouti, Somalia and United Arab Emirates did not decline it apparently

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March 5, 2020

A report published by Ahram online of March 5, 2020, says that Sudan declines to endorse Arab League resolution in support of Egypt in the Nile Dam.

It is Egypt, the seat of the organization, that prepared the draft resolution to underscore “Arab support for the water rights of Egypt and Sudan,” and Sudan was informed about it, according to a report by Ahram Online.

Except for Sudan, all Arab League Member countries supported the draft resolution. Sudan asked its name not to be included in the resolution.

Sudan sees the resolution as one that could lead to confrontation between Ethiopia and the Arab States,based on the Ahram report.  Djibouti and Somalia are also members of the organization but they did not oppose the draft proposal apparently. 

Ethiopia and Sudan have cooperation in a range of areas, including in joint-border security, signed during the Albashir era. The relation between the two countries in the post-Albashir era is based on mutual-agreement. If fact, Ethiopia has played a constructive role during the political transition in the country.

Ethiopia expressed its commitment to generate over 5000 megawatts of electric power from the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam(GERD) without causing harm to Egypt and Sudan. Over 86 percent of the Nile Water originates from Ethiopia, and Ethiopia seeks fair use of the water, unlike Egypt, that is requesting a “historical right over the Nile.”

However, Ethiopia made it clear this week that it would not allow Egypt to control the Nile Water while pointing out Sudan’s position  – equitable use of the water and Ethiopia entirely agrees with that position.

The three countries signed a declaration of principle regarding GERD in 2015 and continued negotiation on their own to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the Nile Water.

Since they were unable to reach an agreement on their own, they invoked an article of the Declaration of Principle that allows the three countries to seek international mediation. Egypt wanted the US as a mediator.  

Accordingly, the three countries have been negotiating since November 2019. The US Department of Treasury and The World Bank became part of the negotiation as “observers.”

However, still, an agreement was not possible.

The US Department of Treasury issued a statement on February 28, ordering Ethiopia not to start filling the Dam before reaching an agreement with Egypt and Sudan.

In a statement issued on February 29, 2020, Ethiopia expressed its disappointment with the statement from the Department of Treasury and disclosed that it would not accept it.

Gedu Andargachew (Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Seleshi Bekele ( Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Energy) had a press conference this week. They reiterated Ethiopia’s commitment to the equitable and fair use of the Nile Water. They also pointed out that Ethiopia does not want to be rushed to sign an agreement regarding the filling and operation of the Dam, which is currently 71 percent completed.

While noting escalation of rhetoric and threat on the part of Egypt, Ethiopia says Egypt will not benefit from it.



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9 Responses to "Why Sudan declined Egypt’s draft resolution in Arab League"

  1. Ittu Aba Farda   March 6, 2020 at 2:43 am

    Atta boy Sudan!!! Ahram was either lying or twisting facts about Djibouti, Somalia and UAE. Djibouti will never, ever throw the old country to the wolves. Somalia will never do that now. These three countries did not endorse it or oppose it. They were indifferent and I expect them to be so. As I have said before, if el-Sisi is doing this as a rehearsal for possible military action, then he will end up losing it all and his reckless action will not only put his more than 100 million citizens at grave danger but also the people of Sudan. He needs to be restrained by those who armed him with latest supersonic fighter jets. Those deadly weapons should never be used to kill innocent black folks who are only exercising their birth rights which will never harm others.

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    • andan   March 6, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Ittu,

      I know you are a decent person. However there are many who would like to create enemies for Ethiopia by writing misinformation as supposed to the truth. thank you for the truth.

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      • Ittu Aba Farda   March 6, 2020 at 5:53 pm

        Yes sir!!! You see, that old country, that gem of the colored which produced us all has been the envy for those inspired by it and those who are jealous of it. Leaders of Egypt(not the people) cannot stand just the sight of it. Egypt’s leaders have this long running dream of being the alpha male of the entire continent, a continent of close to 1.5 billion people. But our old country has been there saying ‘Not today and not forever’. Mind you these leaders are individuals who think they are not Africans in private but lily whites. They take us a bunch of dumb and clueless ‘abd’s, niggers). If you read some of their own newspapers you will come across reports of assaults by their eyal-al-souqs hurling racial slurs at refugees of African origin. They call them ‘abd’s, niggers! Go home!’ As a Muslim they tell me ‘Neehna Muslimin(We are one Muslims) when they are in my hood but when I am among them they will take delight in calling me ‘al abd/a nigger’ or when they are not in a foul mood they will just call me ‘Khdaam/a servile nigger’. What incenses el-Sisi is the old country has refused to take orders from him. For him, he could not and will never understand why all these abd’s/niggers are not bowing to him and heed his orders at once. He expects us to do jumping jack whenever he whistles ‘Ya Bilaadi’ and scream ‘Praise The Lord’ from the top of our lungs whenever he sneezes!!! That ain’t gonna happen!!! The old country in its usual civil manners has assured and told him that the dam will never and ever harm our dear brothers and sisters in both Egypt and Sudan and el-Sisi knows that as a matter of fact. His problem is these ‘abd’s niggers are not stooping low and obey his orders. Who in the right mind our people known for their legendary generosity suddenly decided to build a dam just to harm their neighbors? Anyone who thinks that way must be a person with a sick mind. But kudos to Sudan!!! Djibouti and Somalia are trying to be diplomatic and they should be but they will never give el-Sisi the green light to send his fighter jet and kill black folks like them. Those who will be victimized will also include Somalis and Afars. What el-Sisi is doing like someone who is not even your immediate neighbor coming to your house ordering you to stop cooking inside your house and in your own kitchen to stop cooking because he does not like the smell of onions. How is that? How does that work? Ain’t gonna fly bud!!!!

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  2. Sahsa   March 6, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Arab wins over Ethiopia because the PM is Arab himself by birth. As all knew Ali the grandfather of Abiy was an Arab with Ahmed Ali’s-son an Arab/abyot tebaqi and Abiy now an Arab/Soldier ??

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    • Alemayehu Ketema   March 7, 2020 at 11:19 am

      Reply to Sahsa
      PM Abiy Ahmed is just one person , he got no power by himself to make such an impact , the time of dictatorship is more and more of a distant history , rember soon we are about to elect our leaders at the next national elections.Eligible Ethiopian diasporas can register to vote for the next national election at the Ethiopian embassies or at the participating consulate office registration desks which are open during all working hours except when the embassies are closed for the public, the embassies are said to be more than ready to provide the upmost world-class services to the Ethiopians in the diaspora who decided to vote during the upcoming historic national election period within the month of August in the year 2020 . The election is scheduled to be held without any postpons of the dates all across Ethiopia at the designated voting polls stations and also outside of Ethiopia at the designated voting polling stations which are expected to be the embassies, that way the brave Ethiopians in the diaspora feel appreciated for the selfless sacrifices they made for their country for way too long with pride while residing in foreign countries determined to pay many more selfless sacrifices in the future as well by living up to true Ethiopian standard regardless the many pressures they encounter to loose their identity by the cultural shock they encountered at first when they left their country to be a knight and shining armor for others. That’s why we should Encourage all Eligible diasporas to cast their votes with dignity and honor to the parties of their preferences by making it their first priority to cast a vote during the upcoming next election season at all Ethiopian embassies , so far all political parties are said to be counting on every diaspora’s vote making this upcoming election more vibrant than the previous national elections , that’s why it is wise to keep an eye for details on how to cast a vote within the diaspora which will soon be released to the public by the Election Board of Ethiopia.
      Every vote counts so let us seize this moment by putting our prints at this much awaited historically decisive moment where our truly sincere concern for Ethiopia’s furure gets put to the test by us voting or not. Attending gatherings events is not the only tradition we should cultivate in the diaspora, cultivating the culture of voting is as important if not more important than other forms of ralliies or meetings, even if our past experience is not the best around elections we should not let that hold us back from being part of this truly breathtaking moment in history , Regardless what many said let’s go out on a limb and vote because those who do vote will not regret any outcome but those who didn’t vote got noonelse to blame but themselves for missing the chance they let skip them . To many this next election seems just a simple vote at another national election which cannot be further from the truth as experts are saying , this election is not just another election of no real tangible outcome as always as many experts who followed the matter closely said, so let’s all get our priorities straight and get the necessary documentations ready to be part of the process of casting a vote at this highly
      campaigned and debated election ,let’s be one of those proud diaspora Ethiopians who exercise the process of voting by knowing that now is the time more than ever when voting became their privilege , their right , their responsibility and their duty at the sametime,every seat at the parliament matters so let’s vote to contribute in the shapung of our country.

      Let’s start geting ready now to exercise our rights to vote , let’s make all our voices be counted as never before at this next election. It is being said the Diasporas vote is the key ingredient seasoning to what has been cooking to come out fully finished, that is why the process of voting for the diasporas at their embassies just got simplified for all diasporas so the diasporas can vote electronically with little to no husstle, that is only if they choose to cast their votes electronucally. So let’s make it a diaspora affair .
      Also it was recently announced that all inputs coming from the diasporas regarding this election are very much appreciated and welcomed by the embassies who are currently collecting suggestions on how to make this voting process as swift as possible for the diaspora’s fast paced lifestyle, plus it has been said there is an option of directly contacting the Electoral Board of Ethiopia or other agencies with any suggestions if any input providers find it more convenient for them to make suggestions by contacting the Ethiopian Electoral Board directly or other apropriate entities directly , regardless by whom the suggestiona were made even if they wereade annonymously or not everyone is fully prepared to give full attention and full value to each suggestion makers inputs so donot holdback , let your all your suggestions be heard before time runs out. No idea is too little or too big , so open up and help us the public servants to serve you better. Let us know all the concerns you have so you be part of the driving force behind the exciting future we are heading towards while lifting each others up from where we stayed dormant for quiet sometimes.

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    • Abiy bebustedsoon   March 7, 2020 at 12:46 pm

      You know why Egypt want to control Ethiopia?????

      Cuzzzz Abiy Ibin Ahmed is making our land a bloody field and massive displacement and they see a huge hole for them to infilterate and devour us just as the ferocious animal , Hyena , enters through the hole that lets the killer , Abiy, man-like monster.

      Tanzania

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  3. Binijam Dogali   March 7, 2020 at 6:57 am

    -Sudan is in a transition , naturally matters as dire as this is left to a democratically elected government , yes even in Sudan .

    – Sudan is said to be having the highest number of Ethiopian residents in the whole world.

    -The border between Ethiopia and Sudan is plagued with contraband weapons and other contraband items.

    -Sudan likes to show to the whole world that the Shariya law doesn’t require Sudan to side with Arabs all the time.

    -Sudan does not have the militarily intelligence ready for the showdown unless some kind of outside support gets Sudan’s military intelligence ready in time for the signing of any agreement the other two countries (Ethiopia and Egypt) might reach.

    For the reasons above and some more Sudan is choosing to be safe than to be sorry.

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  4. Alemayehu Ketema   March 7, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Ethiopians soon are about to elect our leaders at the next national elections.Eligible Ethiopian diasporas can register to vote for the next national election at the Ethiopian embassies or at the participating consulate office registration desks which are open during all working hours except when the embassies are closed for the public, the embassies are said to be more than ready to provide the upmost world-class services to the Ethiopians in the diaspora who decided to vote during the upcoming historic national election period within the month of August in the year 2020 . The election is scheduled to be held without any postpons of the dates all across Ethiopia at the designated voting polls stations and also outside of Ethiopia at the designated voting polling stations which are expected to be the embassies, that way the brave Ethiopians in the diaspora feel appreciated for the selfless sacrifices they made for their country for way too long with pride while residing in foreign countries determined to pay many more selfless sacrifices in the future as well by living up to true Ethiopian standard regardless the many pressures they encounter to loose their identity by the cultural shock they encountered at first when they left their country to be a knight and shining armor for others. That’s why we should Encourage all Eligible diasporas to cast their votes with dignity and honor to the parties of their preferences by making it their first priority to cast a vote during the upcoming next election season at all Ethiopian embassies , so far all political parties are said to be counting on every diaspora’s vote making this upcoming election more vibrant than the previous national elections , that’s why it is wise to keep an eye for details on how to cast a vote within the diaspora which will soon be released to the public by the Election Board of Ethiopia.
    Every vote counts so let us seize this moment by putting our prints at this much awaited historically decisive moment where our truly sincere concern for Ethiopia’s furure gets put to the test by us voting or not. Attending gatherings events is not the only tradition we should cultivate in the diaspora, cultivating the culture of voting is as important if not more important than other forms of ralliies or meetings, even if our past experience is not the best around elections we should not let that hold us back from being part of this truly breathtaking moment in history , Regardless what many said let’s go out on a limb and vote because those who do vote will not regret any outcome but those who didn’t vote got noonelse to blame but themselves for missing the chance they let skip them . To many this next election seems just a simple vote at another national election which cannot be further from the truth as experts are saying , this election is not just another election of no real tangible outcome as always as many experts who followed the matter closely said, so let’s all get our priorities straight and get the necessary documentations ready to be part of the process of casting a vote at this highly
    campaigned and debated election ,let’s be one of those proud diaspora Ethiopians who exercise the process of voting by knowing that now is the time more than ever when voting became their privilege , their right , their responsibility and their duty at the sametime,every seat at the parliament matters so let’s vote to contribute in the shapung of our country.

    Let’s start geting ready now to exercise our rights to vote , let’s make all our voices be counted as never before at this next election. It is being said the Diasporas vote is the key ingredient seasoning to what has been cooking to come out fully finished, that is why the process of voting for the diasporas at their embassies just got simplified for all diasporas so the diasporas can vote electronically with little to no husstle, that is only if they choose to cast their votes electronucally. So let’s make it a diaspora affair .
    Also it was recently announced that all inputs coming from the diasporas regarding this election are very much appreciated and welcomed by the embassies who are currently collecting suggestions on how to make this voting process as swift as possible for the diaspora’s fast paced lifestyle, plus it has been said there is an option of directly contacting the Electoral Board of Ethiopia or other agencies with any suggestions if any input providers find it more convenient for them to make suggestions by contacting the Ethiopian Electoral Board directly or other apropriate entities directly , regardless by whom the suggestiona were made even if they wereade annonymously or not everyone is fully prepared to give full attention and full value to each suggestion makers inputs so donot holdback , let your all your suggestions be heard before time runs out. No idea is too little or too big , so open up and help us the public servants to serve you better. Let us know all the concerns you have so you be part of the driving force behind the exciting future we are heading towards while lifting each others up from where we stayed dormant for quiet sometimes.

    Reply
  5. Hussein   March 11, 2020 at 6:44 am

    There are laws that govern how to deal with rivers that are shared by countries. Egypt does not mind building the dam and with development in Ethiopia. All that Egypt requires is Ethiopia’s pledge that its share of water not be less than 40 billion cubic meters during the period of filling and times of drought and to ensure the safety of the dam through international experts. This is what Ethiopia refuses to pledge, and as such, it risks the security of the region, because Egypt will not accept it, because it is so dangerous that it is life or death.

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