Ethiopia last week accused Trump of inciting a "war" over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after the USA president on Friday spoke out against the project and said Egypt might destroy it.
Meanwhile, Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew on Saturday summoned the U.S. Ambassador Mike Raynor to seek clarifications on President Donald Trump's remarks about the massive dam. And I said it and I say it loud and clear - they will blow up that dam.
Further, both organisations highlight that they have also worked with many USA experts who have helped to strengthen this message. Egypt relies heavily on the Nile to supply water for its agriculture and to its more than 100 million people. Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas told South Africa that Sudan can not negotiate "in the same ways" as in the past, the state-run Sudan News Agency reported on Monday.
The US leader was on the phone with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok, when Washington announced normalizing diplomatic relations with Khartoum after a decades-long hiatus.
Ethiopia summoned US ambassador over Trump's remarks.
Sudan will take part in the next round to discuss "creating different negotiation methods and approaches", he said in a letter to South Africa's International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor. Egypt and Sudan have made several unsuccessful efforts to get Ethiopia to reach an agreement on how the dam would be filled.
Egypt, a downstream Nile Basin country, has been frequently expressing its concern that Ethiopia's mega dam might affect its share of the river water, while Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has repeatedly vowed that the dam will not harm Egypt or Sudan, saying that the dam project will "ensure an equitable and reasonable" utilization of the river waters among the three concerned countries.
Threats of any kind over the issue were "misguided, unproductive and clear violations of worldwide law". Trump's statement could undermine that process, said Abel Abate Demissie, an associate fellow at Chatham House, adding that it proves the us wasn't an honest broker from the start.
The African Union remains seized of the GERD matter. Ethiopia rejects binding arbitration at the final stage.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has previously said, 'As Egypt appreciates Ethiopia's right to development, Ethiopia must understand that the River Nile is Egypt's lifeline'. Officials hope the dam, now more than three-quarters complete, will reach full power-generating capacity in 2023.