On Friday, US President Donald Trump warned of the seriousness of the situation related to the “Renaissance Dam” crisis, pointing out that the matter may end with the Egyptians blowing up the dam.
In a phone call to Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, Trump called on Sudan to intervene with the Ethiopian side to resolve the matter.
Addressing Hamdok, Trump said that the Ethiopians “reached an agreement on the dam, but they violated the agreement and they could not do so.”
He added, “The situation is very dangerous, and that Egypt cannot continue in this way, and the dam will end up blowing up.”
“I said that before, and I say it now in a loud voice: The dam will end up exploding,” he added.
And after rounds of negotiations that took place in Washington, the US administration announced, in February, that it had reached an agreement on the mechanism of work of the Renaissance Dam.
While Cairo signed the agreement in its initials, Washington said that Addis Ababa had abstained from attending the final round of negotiations that were intended to sign the agreement.
While Ethiopia responded by accusing the United States of being biased towards Egypt’s side in the crisis, and an agreement was put forward without obtaining its approval.
Trump pointed out that his country cut funds to the Ethiopians after they refused to sign the agreement on the dam.
In response to Addis Ababa’s position, the United States suspended financial aid to Ethiopia amounting to $ 130 million.
“I reached an agreement with them and then, unfortunately, Ethiopia violated the agreement, and they shouldn’t have done that. It was a big mistake,” Trump said.
“They will never see that money unless they abide by the agreement,” he added. “Egypt cannot be blamed for feeling some discontent.”
Over the past years, negotiations between the three countries have faltered, amid mutual accusations between Cairo and Addis Ababa of intransigence and a desire to impose unrealistic solutions.
Addis Ababa insists on filling the dam even if it does not reach an agreement with Cairo and Khartoum, while the latter two insist on the need to first reach a tripartite agreement regarding the dam on the Blue Nile, one of the tributaries of the Nile River.
Cairo is concerned about the potential negative impact of the dam on the flow of its annual share of the Nile water, which amounts to 55.5 billion cubic meters, while Sudan gets 18.5 billion.
Addis Ababa says it does not aim to harm Egypt’s interests, and that the aim of building the dam is primarily to generate electricity.