World News – GB – Angry with Ethiopia for building huge Nile dam, Trump suggests Egypt ‘blow up’


US President Donald Trump speaks during the second and final presidential debate on October 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with the Democratic presidential candidate’s former vice president Joe Biden (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)

US President Donald Trump on Friday expressed his anger at Ethiopia over the construction of a huge dam on the Nile and appeared to suggest that Egypt could destroy it

Trump made the remarks by announcing a groundbreaking normalization deal between U.S. ally Israel and Sudan, which like Egypt fears Ethiopia is depleting scarce water resources « This is a very dangerous situation because Egypt will not be able to live this way, » Trump told reporters in the Oval Office with the leaders of Sudan and Israel on loudspeaker

« They’ll blow up the dam eventually And I said it and I’m saying it loud and clear – they’ll blow this dam And they have to do something, » Trump said

« They should have stopped it long before it started, » said Trump, regretting that Egypt was in a domestic uproar when the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project began in 2011

Trump – a close ally of Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi – had accepted Cairo’s calls for mediation on the dam, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin leading talks The State Department said in September that he was cutting aid to Ethiopia due to his decision to start filling the dam although he did not reach an agreement with downstream countries

« I had a deal made for them and unfortunately Ethiopia broke it, which they shouldn’t have done It was a big mistake, » Trump said « They won’t see never this money if they do not adhere to this agreement « , he declared

Ethiopia says the $ 4 billion project is critical for its electrification and development needs and has expressed hope to start operations in early 2021

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok, questioned by Trump over loudspeaker about the dam, expressed appreciation for US diplomacy and said his government wanted an « amicable solution soon » between the three countries

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News from around the world – GB – Angry with Ethiopia for building a huge dam on the Nile, Trump suggests Egypt in May « Blow up »



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