ADDIS ABABA, 13 April 2021 – The Ethiopian government claims it has addressed “all of the concerns” raised by Nile River downstream countries Egypt and Sudan.
The $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) as the mega-dam is known formally is being built on one of the tributaries of the Nile River.
“#Ethiopia has addressed all of the concerns of #Sudan on #GERD as they’re technical,” a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs read in part.
“Data exchange has been offered and dam safety is an issue that’s well taken care of by Ethiopia for its own safety in the first place,” the tweet added.
Ethiopia’s foreign ministry played victim in the statement.
“Who profits by Sudan’s rejection of the filling of GERD?” the tweet asked, suggesting that the two downstream Nile countries (Egypt and Sudan) seek to do harm to Ethiopia’s interest by demanding that a legal agreement be reached on the management of GERD.
The Ethiopian ministry claims that Sudan is only now opposed to the GERD, whereas Khartoum has reportedly lauded it for years.
Egypt was also accused in the tweet of failing to recognize Ethiopia’s “generosity and understanding”.
Tripartite negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan on how to manage the GERD have failed, with the three countries blaming each other for the collapse.