Egyptian diplomatic sources considered that the Ethiopian statement issued yesterday evening rejecting the American pressure and the draft agreement signed by Egypt individually in the initials to define the rules for filling and operating the Renaissance Dam, “greatly reducing the chances of the United States continuing as an observer, or mediator, in the tripartite negotiations between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan On the file of the Renaissance Dam, “stressing that the continuation of the US Treasury Department in hosting, facilitating, and facilitating negotiations” has become doubtful “after the violent attack from Addis Ababa on its statement, which Egypt considered a gain for it, and that it was required not to start the first filling of the reservoir before completing the agreement In all its aspects.
The negotiations are completely suspended
After the statement was issued by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Irrigation, the sources indicated that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry had communicated with its Sudanese counterpart and the American Treasury to find out the nature of the Ethiopian behavior, and that no direct contact had been made with Addis Ababa in this regard, and that the outcome of the discussions indicated that the Abi Ahmed government wanted In gaining more time to pressure Egypt to accept a formula of agreement with fewer gains, and on the other hand to gain the confidence of the Ethiopian public opinion, who was very angry with the approaching the signing of the agreement.
The sources stated that Egypt would adhere to not start the process of filling the tank before completing the agreement in all its aspects, and that it agreed in this matter with the Sudanese side. The sources indicated that Egypt inquired from Sudan about the reason for the statements made yesterday by the Chargé d’Affaires of the Sudanese Embassy in Addis Ababa Mukhtar Abdel Salam, which was reported by the Ethiopian News Agency, in which he stated that the Sudanese position is still in support of Ethiopia and was not reversed to be beside Egypt, which also included Some criticism of the Egyptian media, as Egypt described these statements as “harmful, and irresponsible.”
Ethiopia is intransigent
Ethiopia continued its statement issued the day before yesterday, rejecting the results of the last Washington tour, and refusing to sign the draft agreement signed by Egypt individually, its reversal on the negotiating track in the file of the Renaissance Dam, and said that as the owner of the dam, it would start filling the dam reservoir in parallel with construction. The Ethiopian statement stated that Addis Ababa does not accept describing the articles that were formulated as guidelines and rules regarding first filling and annual operation, and it believes that “what was signed by Egypt in the initial letters is not the result of negotiation or technical and legal discussion of the three countries.” Ethiopia concluded its statement that it is “committed to continue its engagement with Egypt and Sudan to address the outstanding issues and finalize the guidelines and rules regarding the first filling and annual operation of the dam, only in the interest of the Ethiopian people.”
Sisi neglecting Egypt‘s water rights
The Ethiopian statement expressed the magnitude of the stalemate in which Egypt signed the signing of the Agreement of Principles in March 2015, as Ethiopia returned to adhering once again to the flexible terms stipulated in that agreement, such as “observing the principles of fair and reasonable use and causing no serious harm.”
Egypt pays the price of a series of political mistakes that are recognized by diplomatic and governmental sources in Cairo, foremost of which is the signing of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on the Agreement of Principles, which first recognized Ethiopia‘s right to build the dam, something that Egypt had not initiated before, and approved Secondly, it has the sovereign right to administer it, and no international legal sanction has been decided upon in case of violating the agreements previously signed within the framework of joint management of the Nile waters, especially in 1902 and 1993.