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Ethiopia’s projects won’t harm anyone: Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II

Relations between Egypt and Ethiopia became strained amid Egyptian concerns regarding an Ethiopian dam under construction

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Dec 2014
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Pope Tawadros II, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox church (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II expressed faith Wednesday that any project undertaken by Ethiopia wouldn’t harm anyone, in a clear nod to Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, a source of recent anxiety to Egypt.

In recent years, relations between the two countries became strained amid Egyptian concerns about the possible effects of the dam under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, in a Cairo meeting with an Ethiopian people’s delegation, added that any project by Ethiopia would benefit everyone, Reuters’ Aswat Masriya reported.

The delegation arrived in Cairo Tuesday, headed by speaker of the Ethiopian parliament Abdulla Gemeda, and is set to meet with a number Egyptian officials, intellectuals and religious figures.

Tawadros also stated that Egypt won’t hesitate in helping Ethiopia with any information regarding the construction of dams.

“We pray for the Ethiopian government and its efforts to break the cycle of poverty, and we encourage their efforts,” Tawadros added.

The Blue Nile is the largest tributary of the Nile, on which Egypt depends for the vast majority of its water. Cairo is concerned that Ethiopia's $4.2 billion dam project, which the Ethiopian government says is now 40 percent complete, could have an adverse effect on Egypt's water supply. However, recent diplomatic efforts appear to reduced tensions.

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia were expected to consider international firm offers to conduct studies on the Grand Renaissance Dam on 4 December, but this deadline was extended to mid-December on the request of several firms.

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Farhan
03-05-2015 06:35am
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A Christian would always support another Christian
Butrous Ghali also supported Serbians and allowed genocide of Muslims.
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Deresse Sitotaw
20-12-2014 03:37pm
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Love
I believe that your pray for us Ethiopian will break the cycle of poverty.
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kassa
20-12-2014 10:45am
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benefit
THE mega dam project don't harm any one rather it benefits every one in terms of water security,peace & economic development are among the few benefits.every body should understand it doesn't reduce water supply to Egypt or to what so ever any other country this should be clearly understood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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koreda
19-12-2014 03:49pm
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rationality
I always surprising by the Egyptian societie & governments. they always say we are the Gift of Nile BUT they do not now from were it comes.if you believe that the source of Nile(Abay) is Ethiopia/Abyssinia so if this is the reality why you think to divide,weak,to live in hunger Ethiopia?rather you may have to do a positive thing means you have to do for ethiopin's prospority becouse to get a milk you must feed the caw.
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Debebe
19-12-2014 10:44am
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Nile
The Nile is enough for all don't get disturbed
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ETHIOPIAN 19 YEARS BOY
19-12-2014 10:06am
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I HAVE NEVER SEEN WHO SAID LIKE THAT
this is the first pope to tell God words.truly speaking, i am proud to be orthodox.i like Egyptian Christians.we follow the same faith.we do not want to harm Egyptians. we are achieving DOUBLE DIGIT economy and we are seeing that we will be strong nation.in fact,both Ethiopians AND Egyptians are the strongest nation in Africa.both must cooperate each other to be rival country even to the west,china and Russia.thanks to Egyptian father or pope who has revealed his heart.we love you.we expect the same thing from Egyptians Muslim community in Cairo!!! GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA!!! GOD BLESS COPTIC EGYPTIANS.
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Ezana
19-12-2014 04:48am
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..fair share
It is obvious that the Nile water has been a blessing for the down stream countries, especially Egypt and the Sudan, since time immemorial. Though the great bulk of the waters flow from the highlands of Ethiopia, it has never been made use of it either for irrigation or hydro electric city by Ethiopia. Now we are in the 20th century and it is high time that Egypt and Ethiopia come to their senses and make use of it in a way that satisfies both the people of Egypt and Ethiopia. Fair share and a win-win mutual agreement must be reached by both countries and peoples. The great people of Egypt has not only the right to know the facts on the ground, but it has to participate in bringing possible solutions to the problems surfacing now. The people of Egypt has to know that Ethiopia will use the Blue Nile water for generating electric energy and not a drop of it will go for irrigating vast lands of Ethiopia. After having rotating the turbines then continues its course to Egypt as usual.
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Nebieyu Adinew
19-12-2014 04:08am
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Let us live together
Ethiopian and Egyptian people are tide with rope that can never brake as far as life exists in the earth i.e. Nile. The only and only way we both live together is if we recognizes our mutual benefit. Egyptians you have to believe that Nile is not your exclusive natural resource as we Ethiopians believe Nile is not our exclusive natural resource. It is time to think for both of us how we together can maximize the benefit of our Nile River not only for ourselves but also for any other countries that have a right to benefit from it.
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ESHETU DABA
19-12-2014 12:40am
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GOD ALMIGHTY IS A WITNESS TO THE GOODNESS OF ETHIOPIA EVEN THE PROPHET MOHAMMED PUT HIS FAITH TO THAT EFFECT.
Ethiopians are always generous to share with others, so they have a conscience that is as good as a soft pillow. At time there is great danger they fight like Tigers and lions that is why Ethiopia is the only African country to fend of the scramble for AFRICA by Europeans.
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Farida
19-12-2014 07:26pm
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No they haven't!
They have a bloody history of not only killing their own people, but never using the vast resources around them ASIDE from the nile. They steel from others and live off the good will of others. Never anything for themselves unless it's stolen and taken over completely.
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Sherif Shehata
18-12-2014 11:42pm
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Wait and see
We needs to stop talking about the Grand Renaissance Dam. Egypt need to wake up call and Ethiopia wait and see. No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be thankful for life. Someone, somewhere else is fighting to survive. God bless you all.
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