Ethiopia lashes out at Eritrea and Egypt

Ethiopia blamed Eritrea for instability in South Sudan and Egypt's opposition to their dam project.

Ethiopia lashes out at Eritrea and Egypt

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman has lashed out at longstanding rival Eritrea, accusing the latter of destabilizing the East Africa region, while also blasting Egypt for the latter's "malicious" media campaign against Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project.

"Eritrea's involvement in regional conflicts has been the case for long now," Ambassador Dina Mufti told foreign journalists at a weekly press briefing on Thursday.

According to Mufti, Eritrea has played a role in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

"We have circumstantial evidence of Eritrea's involvement [in the South Sudan crisis]," the spokesman said.

Tensions between Addis Ababa and Asmara have persisted since a bloody two-year border war – in which tens of thousands were killed – ended in 2000.

DAM PROJECT

As for the row with Egypt over the Nile dam, Mufti said Cairo had launched a media campaign aimed at turning international opinion against the dam project.

"The project is a regional project," he said. "The project will not hurt the interest of Egypt. Rather, it benefits Egypt and other countries of the region."

Egypt's alleged media campaign, according to Mufti, "won't be in the interest of Egypt and [in the interest of] the people of Egypt."

Egypt, he added, had walked out of a tripartite committee with Ethiopia and Sudan that had been formed to assess the dam's potential impact.

Subsequent efforts to bring Egypt back to the tripartite negotiations, said Mufti, had failed to bear fruit.

The mega-dam project has caused tensions with Egypt, which fears a possible reduction of its traditional share of Nile water.

Addis Ababa, however, insists the project will benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, both of which will be invited to purchase electricity generated by the dam.

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Aman
Aman - 5 yıl Before

It's not surprising to hear such lies, The Ethiopian Gov. failed to implement the EEBC ruling, defying it's treaty obligations and international law; therefore it's trying to hide itself around the bush. ( Leba, leba indaylut leba eyale yirotal.)

enough
enough - 5 yıl Before

these people believe me they will say if it is not raining, Eritrea has hands for not raining.