Ethiopia and Egypt in war of words over Meles Zenawi’s statement

Egypt president Hosni Mubarak on Ethiopia's Nile remark

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Ethiopia and Egypt, the two biggest populous countries in Africa, are involved in their first war of words through international media after Ethiopia accused Egypt of supporting its rebel group, APA noted here on Friday.

The war of words started after Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi gave on Wednesday an interview to Reuters in which he accused Egypt of supporting rebel groups.

However, it was not yet clear which rebel groups is being supported by Egypt.

The Ethiopian government vows to disclose details of the evidence which shows that Egypt is supporting Ethiopian rebel group.

President Mubarak of Egypt told AlJazeera TV satellite channel during his visit to Doha on Wednesday that Egypt has never supported any rebel group in any country.

Egypt president Hosni Mubarak on Ethiopia's Nile remark
Egypt president Hosni Mubarak

“It’s the first time to hear we support any movement in any country, not in Ethiopia only,” Mubarak said to Al-Jazeera TV

“We have very good relations with Ethiopia. We cannot do this in any African or Arab country. This is not the way we deal,” the Egyptian President said.

It should be recalled that recently Egypt and Sudan refused to sign a new agreement over the utilization of Nile River waters, which Egypt depends on.

Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda who signed the new agreement in May 2010 argue that the agreement ensures equitable, fair and sustainable utilization of the Nile water among riparian states.

Observers are saying that the war of words between the two countries is related to the use of the Nile water, which Egypt and Sudan have agreed in 1959 to share 85 and 15 percent, respectively ignoring the rest of Nile Riparian countries including Ethiopia, which contributes about 86 percent of the water to the Nile.

“Egypt could not win a war with Ethiopia over the Nile River. If we address the issues around which the rebel groups are mobilized then we can neutralize them and therefore make it impossible for the Egyptians to fish in troubled waters because there won’t be any,” Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi told Reuters.

“Hopefully that should convince the Egyptians that, a direct conflict will not work, and as the indirect approach is not as effective as it used to be, the only sane option will be civil dialogue,” Meles noted.

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11 Comments

  1. Since when ( in modern history) are we (Egyptians and Ethiopians) considered rivalries?

    And what could possibly make you, Yonatan, enjoy this “war”?

  2. yes we deserve to have our share of Nile our PM is perfect one and we should go any further to get what we have lost for many years but we are in 21centery no place for war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. im ethiopian im proud to be one and i wood like to see my country number one in wrold money and power
    thank god is heading that way the coment regarding ertria and egypt ther are rubish both of them they are american dogs one day egypt well stav to death becuase the don,t have any drinking water they shuld thank my country for leting drink water and ertria stupid small country do u know ethiopia has 6 milion soliders in your border waiting to fuck you up

  4. Let’s be realistic, Naturally no one have the right to talk about one’s resource with in it’s territory. But Egypt thanks to our previous reckless rulers to get such a benefit. Please try to see & live in the 21st century. Revise your policy & try to learn to eat together instead of being coward. Also as a human nature note that everyone strives for his life. All the Nile beneficiaries have to get their fair benefits. No one is asking unfair question. Let’s things in a civilized manner. We all know that things are not fair when we see the issue of Nile. You had a long time to prepare for alternatives in the long run, because as you well know no one will be just the way it was. I heard you guys are wise, I do not see you are when I see how long you will be dependent on this river. It may be difficult for us to do it in the near future, but sooner or later there should be expectation.

  5. It is the right time for egyptian to think and discuss with their higher officials, becuse things will be changed in the near future(ETHIOPIA will increase the utilization of resources)

  6. now is the time ethiopians to unite our hands agains our common enemy. fuck egypt,arab and arab and italian slave eritrea.

  7. You Egyptians should go back and see what hapenned to your forefathers,the Farohs.because the faroh was rebelion against God’s people,Nile was turned red as blood.And your leaders are now rebelling against Ethiopia,the owner of Nile.However,this time you will not even have In the form of BLOOD but you will be left with a mere desert!

  8. Hi egyptians how is life with Nile i think it is time that ethiopia must make use of her resources one of which is Nile.on this inevitable move that She will undergo in near future. The only solution, i think, is egypt should handle the issue via peaceful negociation-admiiting ethiopian ownreship of the resource whereby ethiopia can use as extensively as she needs.

  9. i know it is not Obsa’s saying…it is the word of eritrians, and antiethiopians
    concerning nile, just it is time……………………

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