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Egypt accuses Ethiopia of spoiling Sudan's drinking stations

Christian Fernsby |
Egypt's Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty announced on Friday that Ethiopia had spoiled drinking stations in Sudan by releasing muddy waters without informing the downstream countries.

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This came during a meeting between Abdel Aty and Ayman Aqil, president of Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights, along with representatives of the African initiative, Nile for Peace, reported the state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.

The Egyptian minister's statements come in light of years of high-level coordination between Cairo and Khartoum on the Renaissance Dam issue, on the one hand, and negotiations with Addis Ababa regarding the file, on the other.

Abdel Aty explained: "The Ethiopian side released quantities of muddy water last November without informing the downstream countries, which caused an increase of mud in the drinking water stations in Sudan."

He added: "Ethiopia's implementation of the first filling of the Renaissance Dam without coordinating with the two downstream countries caused Sudan to experience a severe drought, followed by massive floods."

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