Beegsonews – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday that Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam would not be operated by imposing a fait accompli “because we have no other source of water than the Nile”, in a dialogue with influential figures in American.
The president said: “95 percent of the area of Egypt is a desert, and that any damage to water will have a devastating impact on the Egyptians,” stressing: “We are responsible for the security of our citizens.”
Sisi explained that one of the challenges faced by the state as a result of the events of 25 January 2011 is the establishment of the Renaissance Dam project to affect Egypt and its people, pointing out that “it was assumed that negotiations with the Ethiopian side would have been held if the Egyptian state were present at this time.”
He stressed that Egypt has always adopted a policy of dialogue. “We are beginning to step up diplomatically in order to move the problem from a bilateral and tripartite level to a larger field of discussion. We are not against development. We want to live and grow all. Every country has challenges, and we are not against The construction of dams, but not at the expense of Egypt and damage to them, “the Egyptian newspaper” Al-Watan “.
Sisi said Egypt’s share of water should be preserved, pointing out that it was agreed with the Ethiopian side in 2011 during the framework agreement on the method of filling the reservoir of the Renaissance Dam, but unfortunately, the technical committees have not yet been able to reach an agreement in this matter.
He continued: “We must reach an agreement insisted by Egypt, in order to control the damage that we can bear by building this dam,” pointing out that Egypt is in the level of water poverty, and this will increase as a result of the increasing population in Egypt, with the stability of Egypt’s share of Nile water.
Al-Sisi said that no country can be exposed to the risks associated with water shortage, unless it is in a state of vulnerability, citing what happened to Iraq, which reached about 100 billion cubic meters of water in 1990, while it now has no access to more than 30 billion meters. Cube per year.