Eritrea moves course on Egypt-Ethiopia disagreement regarding Nile dam

The visit of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam during his official visit to Ethiopia on Oct. 13 brought up a few issues about the effect of such rapprochement on the Egyptian political moves to excite the help of the neighboring nations for Egypt in the Nile dam contest. 

Eritrea’s position restricting the dam filled in as a way of coordination and rapprochement with Egypt, which got under the skin of Ethiopia. 

“Afwerki’s visit to the dam site conveys messages from Ethiopia to Egypt that African nations uphold the Ethiopian position, particularly since Eritrea has consistently upheld the Egyptian situations against the GERD,” Tarek Fahmy, a teacher of global relations at Cairo University, told Al-Monitor. 

“Ethiopia may try to push for visits to the dam by other African pioneers to scrounge up help for its situation with the African Union , presently supporting the arrangements . 

An authority at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry told Al-Monitor on state of secrecy that “supporting and fortifying relations with Eritrea is a need on Egypt’s conciliatory plan in Africa, inside the system of supporting Egyptian interests on the African landmass.” 

Anwar Ibrahim, an Ethiopian writer, told Al-Monitor, “Afwerki’s visit to the dam site is connected essentially to conditions at home in both Ethiopia and Eritrea, in particular the encounter with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which compromises harmony between the two nations. 

“Afwerki’s visit to Ethiopia reflects basic interests at home with the Abiy Ahmed organization, remembering an attack for the Tigray Region, which has become a danger to the interests of the two presidents in Ethiopia and Eritrea the same,” he said. 

He depicted the current Egyptian situation considering the slowed down dealings and the AU’s hesitation as “not up to the genuine emergency confronting Egypt given the progressing Ethiopian resoluteness in taking one-sided choices to finish the development of the dam and fill it without coordination with Egypt and Sudan.” 

Following quite a while of exceptional exchange adjusts supported by the AU, talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia finished Aug. 28 with no concurrence on the legitimate and specialized arrangements identified with issues of dry spell and delayed dry season, the degree to which the understanding is official to Ethiopia, and finding an agreement system to settle debates. 

As Ethiopia keeps on offering expressions and send messages that it will continue with working the dam with negligence to the arrangement results with Egypt and Sudan, Cairo keeps on sticking to the exchange track as an approach to arrive at a coupling lawful understanding without taking one-sided choices that could contrarily influence steadiness in the district.