POST Online Media Lite Edition



 

Ethiopia responds after Trump says Egypt will blow up Nile dam

Christian Fernsby |
Ethiopia vowed Saturday not to cave in to aggressions of any kind after Donald Trump suggested Egypt might destroy Nile dam.

Article continues below



Topics: ETHIOPIA    EGYPT    NILE DAM   

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office defended the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, set to become Africa's largest hydropower plant, and said Ethiopia was working to resolve longstanding issues over the project with downstream neighbors Sudan and Egypt.

"Nonetheless, occasional statements of belligerent threats to have Ethiopia succumb to unfair terms still abound. These threats and affronts to Ethiopian sovereignty are misguided, unproductive, and clear violations of international law," his office said in a statement.

"Ethiopia will not cave in to aggressions of any kind," the statement added.

A separate version of the statement issued in Amharic featured more muscular language.

"There are two facts that the world has certified. The first is that there has been no one who has lived in peace after provoking Ethiopia. The second is if Ethiopians stand united for one purpose, it's inevitable, they will triumph," it said.

Abiy's office did not explicitly mention Trump, but its statement came the morning after the U.S. president weighed in on the dam dispute in support of Egypt.

"It's a very dangerous situation because Egypt is not going to be able to live that way," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Friday during a ceremony marking a breakthrough normalization deal between Israel and Sudan.

"They'll end up blowing up the dam. And I said it and I say it loud and clear they'll blow up that dam. And they have to do something," Trump said.hs1020


What to read next

Tripartite Nile dam talks fail to reach agreement
Egypt and Ethiopia agree to resume talks over Nile dam issue
Egypt, Ethiopia highlight overcoming obstacles to Nile dam talks