EGYPT DENIES INTERFERENCE IN ETHIOPIA’S AFFAIRS

Egypt does not interfere in the domestic affairs of any state, particularly friendly ones like Ethiopia, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry reaffirmed in a statement.

The remarks came, after the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry summoned Egypt’s ambassador to the country last week, for discussions over a video, circulated online, purportedly showing “an Egyptian” sharing a stage with members of the rebel, outlawed Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).

“The meeting of the Egyptian ambassador and the Ethiopian foreign minister showed common understanding of the necessity to maintain the positive momentum of the relations between the two countries,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said, in the statement.

The OLF is an Ethiopian organisation established in 1973 by Oromo nationalists, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, to promote self-determination for the Oromo people. It has been designated a terrorist organisation by the Ethiopian government.

Ethiopia declared, on Sunday, a six-month state of emergency over anticipated threats “posed by forces working in collaboration with foreign enemies, to undermine the safety of the people and security and stability of the country,” according to the Ethiopian News Agency.

Zeid continued that, the video could possibly be circulated “by parties that seek to sow discord and drive a wedge between Egypt and Ethiopia,” hailing the recent establishment of mutual trust.

Tense overshadowed Egypt-Ethiopia relations, since the later started, in 2013, to divert a tributary of the River Nile, as a first preparatory step to build its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), amid Egyptian concerns that the dam may affect Egypt’s 55.5 billion-cubic-metres annual share of the river water.

However, Egypt and its fellow downstream Nile Basin country, Sudan, gradually showed more understanding of Ethiopia’s development aspirations and the Ethiopian side showed cooperation and commitment to abide by technical studies, while building the dam.

On Sept 20, Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia signed contracts with two consultancy offices, to conduct further technical studies on the GERD.

Extending on an area of 1,800 square kilometres, the GERD is scheduled to be completed in three years, at a cost of 4.7 billion U.S. dollars.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.