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Ethiopia Blasts Trump over Nile Dam

Ethiopia Blasts Trump over Nile Dam

Saturday, 24 October, 2020 - 12:00
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Reuters file photo

Ethiopia vowed Saturday not to "cave in to aggressions of any kind" after US President Donald Trump lashed out over the country's mega-dam on the Blue Nile.


Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office defended the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, set to become Africa's largest hydropower plant, and said Ethiopia was working to resolve longstanding issues over the project with downstream neighbors Sudan and Egypt.


"Nonetheless, occasional statements of belligerent threats to have Ethiopia succumb to unfair terms still abound. These threats and affronts to Ethiopian sovereignty are misguided, unproductive, and clear violations of international law," his office said in a statement.


"Ethiopia will not cave-in to aggressions of any kind," the statement added.


A separate version of the statement issued in Amharic featured more muscular language.


"There are two facts that the world has certified. The first is that there has been no one who has lived in peace after provoking Ethiopia. The second is if Ethiopians stand united for one purpose, it's inevitable, they will triumph," it said.


Abiy's office did not explicitly mention Trump, but its statement came the morning after the US president weighed in on the dam dispute in support of Egypt.


"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 Friday.


"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 man doesn’t have a clue on what he is talking about,” former Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn tweeted, calling Trump’s remark reckless and irresponsible.


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