Egypt Vows to Use ‘All Means’ to Defend Nile Interests After Ethiopia Skips U.S. Talks

Egypt Vows to Use ‘All Means’ to Defend Nile Interests After Ethiopia Skips U.S. Talks

A final deal on the massive Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was expected in the two-day, U.S.-brokered talks in Washington

(haaretz)–Egypt on Saturday said it would use “all available means” to defend “the interests” of its people after Ethiopia skipped the latest round of U.S.-brokered talks on a disputed Nile dam project with Egypt and Sudan.

A final deal on the massive Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was expected in the two-day, U.S.-brokered talks in Washington, which were concluded Friday.

Egypt signed the deal, Ethiopia skipped the talks and Sudan, which attended, did not sign the U.S.-crafted deal.

Egypt said Saturday in a statement by its Foreign Ministry it “regrets Ethiopia’s unjustifiable absence … at this this critical stage in the negotiations.”

It described the dead as “fair and balanced.”

Ethiopia has said it skipped the talks “because the country’s delegation hasn’t concluded its consultation with relevant stakeholders.”

The dispute over what will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam pits Ethiopia’s desire to pull millions out of poverty against Egypt’s concerns over a critical water supply.