Egypt minister slams Turkey for role in Ethiopia dam

Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib accused Turkey of offering expertise to Ethiopia over the proposed Nile dam project that will threaten Egypt's water supply.

Egypt minister slams Turkey for role in Ethiopia dam

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had visited Addis Ababa and offered Turkish expertise on Ethiopia's controversial multi-billion dollar hydroelectric dam project.

"Any side that doesn't like Egypt could be in the scene," Abdel-Muttalib said in televised statements late Tuesday.

"The Turkish foreign minister visited Addis Ababa and offered them [Ethiopian officials] Turkish expertise," he added.

"What I want to say is that when Turkey built the Ataturk Dam, it made the Syrians and the Iraqis thirsty and ignored international agreements," Abdel-Muttalib claimed.

"I want to stress that Egypt is not Iraq or Syria, and Ethiopia is not Turkey," he added.

The Turkish government is yet to respond to the Egyptian minister's claims.

Ethiopia is building a hydroelectric dam, called the Renaissance Dam, over the Blue Nile where most of Egypt's Nile water revenues come.

But the controversial project has raised alarms in Egypt, the most populous Arab country, about its water share.

Nile water distribution among the countries of the Nile basin used to rest on a colonial-era agreement giving Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of Nile water.

Citing development ambitions, Ethiopia insists it needs to build a series of dams to generate electricity both for local consumption and exporting.

It maintains that the new dam can be of benefit for the two downstream states of Sudan and Egypt, which will be invited to purchase electricity generated by it.

"Ethiopian officials say they do want to harm Egypt. But when we ask them to put that on paper they refuse," said Abdel-Muttalib.

The remarks came hours after his return from Addis Ababa where he held talks with officials there on the dam.

He accused Ethiopian officials of turning down all proposals to narrow the gap between the two sides.

"We are not naïve to continue dialogue without reaching a solution. There are other alternatives that we need to take," the minister said without elaborating.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Şubat 2014, 11:50
ethi - 9 yıl Önce

We will build the dam, Period. we will see what alternative means they have. We know all the alternatives they have and we all pretty much ready to confront them in any way they choose.

Senai - 9 yıl Önce

God Bless Turkey and Israel!

ABCO - 9 yıl Önce

Laughable! I believe the writer misquoted the minister. Otherwise, in no circustances has Ethiopia said it would harm Egypt! Second, if this guy wants Ethiopia to give guarantee on "paper" that it wont harm, in effect the so called 55 billion m cu water, then there is no need to negotiate from the start because such arrangements are against the fairness and equity principle. So, I bet you use what ever options you have! I hope the Wisdom of Egyptians will prevail, not this hypocrit guy

w.yilma - 9 yıl Önce

The way Egyptians are handling the Nile issue is so primitive and dragging them the corner where they can't escape when the reality comes to the surface. These bunch of Hooligans together with the Junta will do nothing to harm Ethiopia. Ethiopia is ready to face them in any battle field. They boasted they will use their air force, but are they think Ethiopia is not ready for it? nativity!

Tiegel - 9 yıl Önce

The Egyptian ministers remark against Turkey is very abusive .This shows the sunken state of irresponsibles. Every country need to be respected . Regretably ,this is not coming from Egypt . What a shame!!Tiegel Ankara University

Amha Zedingil
Amha Zedingil - 9 yıl Önce

I was thinking Egyptians are very knowledgeable people starting from the time of their pyramids. But the way they are handling nile water seems they are still in the era of their pyramids. Brothers l quote meles ' the choice is either to swim or sink together'. We choose to swim & guys it's 21st century, choose civilization. If not, history books show no one survived to tell the story after touching this proud nation.

Moges - 9 yıl Önce

Those who live in glass houses should not be the first ones to throw stones."

zak - 9 yıl Önce

Dont forget also that Ethiopia is not the same as you knew it before. Let us see where u go next..