Egypt: Egypt Brands Ethiopia's Move to Fill Nile Mega-Dam As 'Illegal'

Ethiopia announced on Sunday it had filled its Grand Renaissance Dam on the river Nile, which has been the source of a long-running dispute with downstream Egypt and Sudan. Cairo has condemned the move, saying it is illegal.

The announcement came just a fortnight after Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan resumed negotiations.

Talks were suspended in 2021, but they resumed last month, on 27 August, aimed at finding on an agreement taking account of the water needs of all three countries.

The Egyptian foreign ministry on Sunday condemned as “illegal” Ethiopia’s announcement that it had filled its Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile, the source of a long-running water dispute.

The “unilateral” measure by Addis Ababa to complete the mega-dam’s filling would “weigh on” negotiations with downstream Egypt and Sudan, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Egypt fiercely opposes the megaproject, arguing that it will reduce the flow of the Nile river.

‘Final’ filling

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the successful completion of the fourth and final filling of the Renaissance Dam,” Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a message on social media on Sunday.

“የሕዳሴ ግድብን ውኃ ሞልተን ኢትዮጵያ አይՈገሬና የምትፈልገውን ማሳካት የምትችል እንደሆነች እንዲያውቅ Ոማድረግ የትውልድን ልብ የሚያክሙ ሥራዎችን ጀምረናል፡፡”— Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) September 10, 2023

“There was a lot of challenge, we were many times dragged to go backwards. We had an internal challenge and external pressure. We’ve reached (this stage) by coping together with God,” he said.