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Egypt's Sisi tells Egyptians 'not to worry' about Ethiopian dam

The Egyptian president's statement comes 24 hours after signing a new agreement between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Ahram Online , Wednesday 30 Dec 2015
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Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (Reuters)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi told the Egyptians on Wednesday not to worry about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, adding that "matters are fine" in that regard.

"I totally understand the concern of Egyptians as water is a matter of life or death," the Egyptian president said during his Wednesday speech at Farafra oasis during the inauguration of the first phase of a national project to expand the country’s farmland by reclaiming 1.5 million feddans nationwide.

"We already agree with our brothers [the Ethiopians] that they want to live as we want to live," said El-Sisi, adding that the Egyptian and Ethiopian people should achieve their common interests.

"I have not led you astray before and I will not lead you astray now," said El-Sisi, telling the Egyptian people not to lose confidence in him in this matter.

The president's statement comes 24 hours after the agreement reached in Khartoum on Tuesday between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan regarding a number issues, most importantly a foreign technical firm to conduct impact studies on the dam.

Cairo has repeatedly expressed concerns that filling and operating the dam, which is being built on the Blue Nile, will reduce the supply of Nile water that reaches Egypt. 

Ethiopia has rejected these claims, saying that the dam, currently under construction, will not negatively affect the water share of Sudan or Egypt. 

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Yared Seyoum
14-03-2016 05:30pm
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Love Able!
We are a peace loving & kind people. Sharing with our friends neighbour is our habit. Eating alone is a shame full & disgusting deed according to our custom. We will never be alone in using the power we intended to produce. We are ready to share it with others, especially with Egypt. No Ethiopians like seeing fellow Egyptian dying of thrust. It's our unique custom & peace full nature that gave El - Sisi confidence. Our unique custom & peace full nature makes us different & love able people. We really are love able. Thank you. Yared Seyoum.
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Yared Seyoum
13-03-2016 08:14pm
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Wise Ruling!
" water is a matter of life & death, " said president El Sisi. He is right. Water is one of the nessesory needs of human beings. Without it nothing on earth will exsist. We new our brothers in Egypt loves the Blue Nile as we love our Abbay. We understand that & never hurt them. We are God fearing people. We never like fellow humanbeing hurt. We are happy Al Sisi is their president. He is the only Egyptian leader who broke the icy relation of the two sisterly countries. We know they were our enemy & still are, but By the wise ruling of Al Sisi they will tame. It's hard for them, but there is nothing a wise ruling can't do !!! Thank you. Yared Seyoum.
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REDAY
03-01-2016 06:39am
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GRAND DAM OF ETHIOPIA
why talking more and more why they do not ask the ethiopian people if it comes negative agreement the gvornmenet will not stay for a day because our people nows well what egypt needs this is our last scrifcation of devlopment so we can not look it esaly they must understand.
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Alemgena Taye
02-01-2016 05:31pm
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El Sisi is at least the best man in Egypt.
I think El Sisi is the best man in Egypt in recognizing at least Ethiopians want to live as Egyptians do. But For what I am sorry is majority of the Egyptians do not recognize Ethiopians' rights. Please make up your peoples' minds on peaceful coexistence. That is all.
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A Berhanu
31-12-2015 06:28am
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Setting himself up for failure
How would Sisi assure the Egyptian people that he will not let them down on the grand dam project; neither him or anyone else in Egypt has any control over the dam construction by Ethiopia? he's setting himself up for failure with his people!
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Al
31-12-2015 06:20am
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ALL other matters ...
It is pathetic ... "El-Sisi, telling the Egyptian people not to lose confidence in him in this matter" after they lost confidence in him in ALL other matters!.
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Tut
31-12-2015 01:57am
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"I have not led you astray before" ...
General Sisi sounds like he's been spending the last 2 years on a military camp somewhere outside Egypt, fully detached from the current affairs on the ground. Let's refresh his memory, what transpired under his "leadership" so far: Collapse of tourism, exports, economy, the pound, the stock market, employment, inflation, healthcare, education, and infrastructure. If this is not "leading us astray" then what is General? if he's short on attention span to follow the lives of ordinary Egyptians he should just read AO's summary of 2015 economic numbers. And by the way; the dam is the least of Egyptians' concerns; bankruptcy is!
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Tut
03-01-2016 10:39pm
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Lucky, like your sense of humor :)
You manged to fool the herds ...
Lucky
02-01-2016 08:52pm
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oh no....
Dude.... All that collapse was totally on Morsi' watch... He scared off all the tourism and arranged to bring in Iranian tourist.
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Sam Enslow
30-12-2015 08:21pm
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Could benefit Egypt
A very large % of the water in Lake Nasser is lost to evaporation. Controlling the flow into the lake could reduce this loss. Also dredging the area just south if the dam would enable it to be more efficient in providing electrical power. Since the beginning, the media has hyped this 'problem' and promoted conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory.The fuss could be much ado about nothing, but it will be difficult to show the Egyptian people that much if what they have been told was either untrue or exaggerated.
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Lucky
02-01-2016 08:57pm
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Build more lakes...
Build more lakes in the mountain ranges where it floods.. Just build dams to create giant lakes. They are replenished with the rains as the mountains catch all the water.
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