Egyptian Relations Between Egypt And Ethiopia Essay

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On November 28, 2016, Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki travelled to Egypt for a three-day visit and met Egypt’s presidet, Abdulfatah AlSisi. the official news outlets of the two countries didn’t disclose much about the visit by except the usual boilerplate statement, ‘they held talks to boost bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.”
However, several Egyptian news outlets opined about the nature of the Ethiopian-Egyptian relations in connection to Isaias’ visit. Since four years, Egyptians have been writing extensively about the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) presenting it as a factor over which Egypt and Ethiopia might go to war. The newspapers also stated that Egypt was using Eritrea to pressures Ethiopia. There are also a few Egyptian politicians who believe the current consultations between Egypt and Eritrea cannot be seen in isolation from the tension between Cairo and Addis Ababa over GERD that, “Ethiopia insists on [completing] and Egypt opposes because it decreases its share of the Nile water in the coming years.”
In June 3, 2013, the deposed Egyptian president, Mohammed Mursi, convened a meeting with Egyptian dignitaries to discuss Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam and what Egypt’s response should be. The meeting was televised live but apparently, some of those attending the meeting did not appear to be aware that. That is when a prominent politician stated:

“we do not want an embassy in Ethiopia, we need a task force in Ethiopia…political,…

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