Egyptian Irrigation Minister: We have several options to defend our rights over Nile Dam
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Mohamed Abdel-Moteleb, Egyptian Irrigation Minister said that his government still have several ways to achieve Egypt’s goal and avoid the “adverse effects” of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam.
Mohamed Abdel-Moteleb told the leading Independent daily, MENA that Egypt is ready to hold negotiations on the matter. “We have several options to defend our rights,” Abdel-Moteleb added.
Khaled Waseef, spokesman for the Egyptian irrigation ministry said in a press statement that the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam faces financial as well as technical problems, and that the Ethiopian government’s statements that the project has been 30 percent completed are a “media show” for its own political gains.
Last Week, Egyptian and Sudanese representatives have introduced a “principles of confidence-building” document asking Ethiopia to “respect” the water security of both nations, however the document was immediately rejected by the Ethiopian government.
According to Awramba Times sources, the document was designed based on the 1959 agreement that gave Egypt the rights to 55.5 billion cubic meters out of a total of 84 billion cubic meters.