Desalegn says Ethiopia will not endanger lives of Egyptians

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi welcomes Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn upon his arrival in Cairo.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday assured Cairo that his country will not put Egyptians lives at risk, assuring that the Nile crisis will be resolved.

“We will never cause any harm to Egypt, we will do our best to guarantee decent life to the sons of the Nile River, my country is ready to put end to all the problems between the two countries,” Desalegn stated at the Presidential Palace in Itahdyia.

Desalegn’s statement came as a crisis between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, involving the River Nile, escalated.

The row was majorly sparked by Ethiopia’s construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, which Addis Ababa hopes will make it Africa’s biggest power exporter.

Cairo however has long expressed fears that the dam will threaten water supplies that have fed Egypt’s agriculture and economy for thousands of years.

The North African country in December sought help from the United Nations in the resolving of the row with Ethiopia.

Ahead of Desalegn’s arrival in Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi assured that his country will not go to war with her neighbours, but that he will do everything to protect Egyptians rights to use the Nile water.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met with the Ethiopian Prime Minister at the end of December during his visit to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to follow up on bilateral relations between the two countries, and to prepare for the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s visit to Egypt.