Egypt Does Not Want War with Ethiopia, Sudan - el-Sisi
January 16, 2018 - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said that his country is not prepared to go to war against Ethiopia and Sudan. The president denied reports that allege Egypt was meddling in the internal affairs of Sudan and Ethiopia.
Egypt fears that the soon-to-be-completed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project, the largest hydroelectric dam project in Africa, will significantly reduce its share of the Nile River water.
On its part the Ethiopian government says the $5bn dam will not have any effect on Egypt's share of the Nile water, and claims the project is necessary for the East African country's economic development.
Egypt, with a population roughly equal to that of Ethiopia, has traditionally received the lion's share of the Nile's water, under agreements reached in 1929 and 1959.
Other Nile basin nations view those agreements as unfair, arguing that they ignore the needs of their own large and growing populations.
Egypt has long accused Sudan of siding with Ethiopia, while Khartoum claims Cairo is supporting rebels in its territory. Khartoum recalled its ambassador to Cairo for "consultations" on January 4, following media reports of Egypt sending troops to Eritrea, which has a border with Sudan. Sudan also closed its borders with Eritrea and sent troops to its border region of Kassala.