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Thursday, 8 April 2021

MP warns of possible conflict with Ethiopia as GERD dominates the airwaves

The GERD issue once again dominated the talking heads’ agendas last night. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s remarks about the failure of the latest round of talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia were all over the airwaves: Al Hayah Al Youm (watch,runtime 3:22), Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 1:39), and Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 1:39).

A key theme of the night: Ethiopia has broken its promises. Both Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa said that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has gone against a prior agreement that would have ensured Egypt’s share of Nile’s water (watch, runtime 1:42 | 5:11). Then former irrigation minister Hossam El Moghazy reminded Yahduth Fi Masr viewers that Ethiopia has breached the 2015 Declaration of Principles, which included conditions for the dam's filling and operation and outlined a process by which the countries can settle disputes (watch, runtime 3:17).

MP Abou El Enein warns EU that conflict with Ethiopia isn’t out of the question: Rep. Mohamed Abou El Enein’s meeting with some European ambassadors yesterday also got full coverage on Ala Mas’ouleety. Abou El Enein is said to have signaled there will be a direct conflict if Ethiopia proceeds with the second filling. He called on the international community to make “a rapid intervention before it’s too late” (watch, runtime 11:14). El Sisi last week made the second filling of the dam a “red line” for the government, warning Addis Ababa that it would not be allowed to take a “single drop” of the country’s water.

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