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Trump Suggests Egypt May 'Blow Up' GERD, Slams Ethiopia

Trump Suggests Egypt May 'Blow Up' GERD, Slams Ethiopia

Saturday, 24 October, 2020 - 08:15
US President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, March 11, 2020. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERS

US President Donald Trump on Friday voiced anger at Ethiopia over its construction of a huge dam on the Nile River and appeared to suggest that Egypt may destroy it.

"It's a very dangerous situation because Egypt is not going to be able to live that way," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

"They'll end up blowing up the dam. And I said it and I say it loud and clear -- they'll blow up that dam. And they have to do something," Trump said.

The State Department in September said it was cutting off aid to Ethiopia due to its decision to begin filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) despite not reaching an agreement with the downstream nations.

"I had a deal done for them and then unfortunately Ethiopia broke the deal, which they should not have done. That was a big mistake," Trump said.

"They will never see that money unless they adhere to that agreement," he said.

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, asked by Trump on speakerphone about the dam, voiced appreciation for US diplomacy and said his government wanted an "amicable solution soon" among the three countries.

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