APA: (Addis Ababa) Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that it has no fear for any military invasion or attack from Egypt due to the construction of the hydro-electric dam it recently launched on the Nile river, Ethiopian Premier Meles Zenawi made this statement in Parliament when asked by MPs about Africa’s biggest dam and its row with Egypt.
Meles pointed out that his country fears no military attack or invasion by Egypt.
“There is no risk of military invasion or attack by Egypt as some people are saying these days. There is no fear on the Ethiopian side,” said Meles.
He said that Egypt has been building its military over the past years to create fear for any activities over the Nile River, which originates from Ethiopia and is shared among nine African states.
“Our main strategy is to tell the Egyptian people that we-Ethiopia is not against their interest. We want the Egyptian people to understand that we have no agenda against Egypt,” said Meles.
Meles indicated that what worries Ethiopia is the indirect destructive measures undertaken by Egyptian officials by affiliating with Eritrea.
Meles mentioned Egyptian vice president General Omar Suleiman as someone who has a strong relation with Eritrean president Isayas Afewoky and is closely monitoring the situation in Ethiopia instead of the Egyptian foreign ministry.
Ethiopia started over the weekend the construction of Africa’s biggest dam over the Nile River, which will generate 5,250 MW with around €3.3 billion investments.
Ethiopian PM, who was hailed by the MPs for his effort for the dam, said that his country will fully finance the project due to the Egyptian propaganda not to get international loan for the project.
Egypt is reportedly sing its colonial era agreement with UK, which allows it to have a say over the Nile, to lobby against any loan for Ethiopia’s dam over the Nile River.
Egypt’s main agro and its socio economic activities mainly depend on the Nile river.
Meanwhile, many Ethiopians are expressing interest to support and buy bonds for the construction of the dam, which is expected to be finalized in the coming three and four years.