Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Meles Alem defends Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s warning over construction of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam saying it is ‘a matter of life and death for Ethiopian people too’ at a press conference in Addis Ababa by Thursday. The spokesman also said Ethiopia is firm on its position of equitable use of the Nile’s water. He added “Ethiopia will continue to work with Sudan and Egypt for a fair and equitable use of the Nile water.”
When completed, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, will produce 6,450 MW which will be Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power plant. The dam which is being under construction along the Sudan border was more than 60% complete as of October 2017.
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan recently failed to approve a study on the dam’s potential effects. Egypt has long said the dam will cut its supply of Nile water and lead to shortages claiming it is highly dependant on the river. Ethiopia, a nation with a population of around 100 million, insists that as the main source of river Nile waters, it needs to use the Nile waters to meet its economic needs.