President Sisi Asks Ethiopian PM to 'Swear to God' Over Nile Crisis

Ethiopia PM meets Sisi as Egypt seeks mutual cooperation

Ethiopia has reassured Cairo that its water share will not be affected.

"We will take care of the Nile, and we will preserve your share of the Nile's water and we will work to increase this share", the Ethiopian prime minister promised.

The latest visit to Egypt by Ethiopian PM was in January by former PM Hailemariam Desalegn, during which he asserted that his country will not put Egyptians life at risk, as the disagreement between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan continues over the countries shares of Nile waters after Ethiopia completes constructions of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Ahmed's comments came in a press conference with Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi in Cairo.

"We have come a long way in building confidence and strengthening bilateral cooperation", Sisi said.

Egypt and Ethiopia fend off water wars over Nile mega-dam

"My government and my people have no intention to harm the people of Egypt and the government of Egypt".

Over the past seven years, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have held several rounds of talks on the dam's anticipated impact on Nile water resources.

"I would like to reiterate that the relation between Egypt and Ethiopia is a strategic partnership relation, and that Egypt's strategic policy is to enhance common interests with Ethiopia in all fields", the Egyptian president told the news conference.

A similar ministerial meeting in April in the Sudanese capital Khartoum failed to reach an agreement over technical issues regarding the GERD, with Ethiopia and Sudan holding Egypt responsible for the talk failure and Egypt rejecting the blame and inviting for further talks in Cairo. The dam is expected to be Africa's largest dam that will produce around 6,000 megawatts of electricity for Ethiopia.

In 2011, Ethiopia started construction on the GERD over the Blue Nile River, one of the major sources of the water that forms the River Nile downstream. The announcement of the ambitious dam had led many to fear the outbreak of a water war between Egypt and Ethiopia.

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