The Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr Abou Bakr Hefny was interviewed by a reporter of Daily News Egypt to discuss the bilateral relations of both countries in light of the construction of the Renaissance Dam (GERD) and other issues.
We had earlier reported the construction of the Renaissance Dam which is set to make Ethiopia a power house in Africa, the report can be accessed here.
When asked if the Ethiopian-Egyptian relations are affected by the construction of the Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Ambassador said, “Egypt would not mind the Renaissance Dam, especially since Egypt is not against development in Ethiopia, as it reflects on Egypt”.
“There is a group of technical experts from Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt discussing the operation of the dam and the water storage, so that it does not conflict with other countries”.
“This group was formed following the signing of the declaration of principles of the Renaissance Dam in Sudan”.
He also added that, “the principles governing the construction of the dam are equity and causing no harm to any parties”.
Earlier, there have been widespread reports on the damage the construction may have on other neighboring countries who share the Nile River with Ethiopia.
The Ambassador was asked about fears amongst the locals over completing of the Dam and he said it is in the best interest of Egypt to be surrounded by countries that enjoy relative stability, politically and economically.
He also stressed that Egyptian investors are on the increase in Ethiopia as negotiations are also on between the Egyptian companies and the Ethiopian government to pump Egyptian investments in the fields of aluminium, construction and infrastructure.