Egypt’s attempt to get military base in Ethiopia’s neighbors will fail,says FM Gedu

The way Ethiopian Foreign Minister sees it, Egyptian attempt to secure a military base in Ethiopia’s neighbor will end in vain

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Gedu Andargachew during interview with Aljazeera journalist. Photo :Screenshot from Aljazeera video

borkena
June 23, 2020

Ethiopian government officials were not overt, even reserved, in their characterization of how Egypt behaves during the negotiation over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam which has been going on for years now.

That does not seem to be the case anymore. In his latest interview with Aljazeera, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew was explicit about how Egypt wanted the tripartite talk over the first phase of filling and operation of the dam.

“During tripartite Egypt brought various [new] agenda item to the negotiating table so that the talk will not be a success,” Gedu told Aljazeera Ethiopian Office head, Mohammed Taha, as reported by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Asked about what he thinks about Egypt’s attempt to establish a military base in the neighboring countries to challenge Ethiopia’s security, Gedu Andargachew said “Egypt has been making different forms of attempts. Ethiopia has strong relations with all its neighbors (Sudan, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Eritrea).  I do not think that any of our neighboring countries would attack Ethiopia supporting Egypt.”

Furthermore, neighboring countries are fostering relations to deepen economic ties, and moving in the direction of regional economic integration.

A few weeks ago, there have been reports of arrangement for Egyptian military base in South Sudan but South Sudan dismissed it as a false information.

The border issue with Sudan which caused a skirmish last month was raised during the interview. Issues related to the border is an age-old problem, and the two countries are working together to resolve it durably. The relation between Ethiopia and Sudan is stronger than ever, he added.

Egypt was adamant about the tripartite talk after the Washington discussion, which Egypt hoped that Ethiopia would succumb to the US and World Bank pressure to let Egypt get away with Ethiopia’s right to use the water, failed at the end of February 2020. 

Egypt left the tripartite meeting

It took hard work on the part of Sudan to bring Egypt back to the tripartite negotiating table. Not before long,Egypt dropped out of the tripartite talk after the seven-round of virtual meetings.

As it turns out, Egypt was pursuing United Nations Security Council as an avenue to pressure Ethiopia while the talk was underway.  Militarism as an option to threaten Ethiopia is not left out too although the Egyptian president Abdul Fetah-Al Sisi made his statement appear equivocal by talking about commitment for a peaceful resolution regarding the differences over GERD. 

Ethiopia had to send another letter to the Security Council this week clarifying its position on the filling and operation on GERD and the Nile river itself.

The letter expressed disappointment over Egypt’s behavior and the demand put forward for the council to stop Ethiopia from carrying out filing the first phase of the dam.

It also stated that the dam Ethiopia is building will not harm the lower Nile riparian countries and will not cause any peace and security issues in the region. Furthermore, the letter noted that the negotiation is on the filling and operation of the dam, not about the Nile river. 

Ethiopia also rejected Egypt’s unregulated appetite to make colonial-era water allocation agreement, to which Ethiopia is not a part, as a negotiating point.

Ethiopia’s current use of the Nile water is zero percent while over 85 percent of the water of the Nile river originates from its soil. Egypt, however, does not seem to see the point that Ethiopia is determined to end the colonial water arrangement over the Nile.



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3 Responses to "Egypt’s attempt to get military base in Ethiopia’s neighbors will fail,says FM Gedu"

  1. Ittu Aba Farda   June 24, 2020 at 12:04 am

    All those neighboring countries have been beneficiaries of Ethiopian projects in the electrification and water projects so far except for Eritrea. Not yet. With the anticipated power output from the dam close to 7,000 MW sending 500 MW to anyone of those countries means a shot in the arms for its economy. Then comes the skyrocketing agricultural output which will make the old country once for all the bread basket of the region. So I ain’t worried about any of the neighbors. What leave me unsettled are these bigots that have been running around like rabid bats everywhere there. They have proven to be the lowest form of human refuse in the past when they unequivocally told us the enemy of their enemy was their friend. Seeking shelter is one thing but to seek a military assistance is nothing but treason, betraying those upright and glorious people. I bet you the last penny I have if el-Sisi has not tried to contact these human refuse already. I ain’t scared of my Kenyan, Eritrean, Sudanese, Somalis and Djiboutian or South Sudanese brothers and sisters. The ones to be watched are those former scavengers.

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  2. Worqu Belayeneh   June 24, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Surprisingly (and unfortunately) Egyptians still consider Ethiopia as just another black African country (a shit hole as per one Donald Trump), and they can continue demanding (and getting) whatever they want from Ethiopia at will. Well, Ethiopia has moved forward (in spite of mass slaughter and damage by Mussoloni), and the people are more united than ever in their determination to utilize the Nile (Abay) for extricating themselves out of poverty by utilizing the country’s resources, just like any other country including Egypt. Abay is no more relegated to admiration and price through music. It is infuriating to even think Egypt telling Ethiopia the waters (and the rich top soil carried by Nile to Egypt) that originate in Ethiopian highlands all belong exclusively to the Egyptian people. The people are all united to defend themselves and their interests. I am glad to note the current crop of leaders are doing exactly that.

    Ethiopians should also take good notes of the USA foreign policy towards Ethiopia, and how that policy had not benefited Ethiopia (in fact damaged the nation) over the last 100 years despite USA claiming its historical close ties. Ethiopia had stood with USA during all those years, including the Korean war, but USA was no show when Ethiopia demanded to receive weapons purchased and paid for during Saide Barre’s invasion in the early 70s. This time, Donald Trump wanted to get Egypt’s support for his Middle East policy designed exclusively for advancing his re-election prospects by appealing Jewish votes and money. And Egypt was willingly sucked in Trump’s net, abandoning the Arab (read Palestinian) cause what was the reason for its own huge losses of lives and destruction during many wars with Israel.

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  3. Abeshaw   June 24, 2020 at 10:41 am

    All political issues are so black-and-white nowadays. Why can’t Egypt understand that Ethiopia has the right to use its resources as needed? and why can’t Ethiopia understand that the ancient land of Egypt is nothing but the fertile lands along the Nile.

    Both countries are quick to defend themselves. They need to come up with practical solutions for the actual people. At the moment, they are both at fault.

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