Khartoum — The Ethiopian government has reportedly rejected Sudan’s
nominee for ambassador, a newspaper said today.
The independent Al-Sahafa daily said that Khartoum’s candidate
Abdel-Rahman Sir al-Khitim has yet to receive approval from Addis
Ababa since he was nominated three months ago.
Al-Khitim has recently held the ambassadorial post in Cairo before it
was decided that he would be head Sudan’s mission in Addis Ababa.
But the Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson Al-Obaid Marawih told
Al-Sahafa that Khartoum will submit a new nominee after it was
understood that Ethiopia’s delay was a subtle message on their
disapproval of Al-Khitim.
It is not clear why Ethiopia would reject Al-Khitim who was Sudan’s
defense minister in the 90’s and governor of El-Gezira state. He is a
close friend of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.
Al-Khitim also enjoyed good relationship with the Egyptian government
under deposed president Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt, Ethiopia and seven other countries through which the Nile river
passes have been locked in more than a decade of contentious talks
driven by anger over the perceived injustice of a previous Nile water
treaty signed in 1929.
The major Arab power, threatened by rising temperatures and a growing
population, is almost entirely dependent on the Nile for its water and
has been nervously watching hydropower dam projects take shape in
Ethiopia is building a multi-billion dollar mega dam on its share of
the river, which accounts to eighty-five percent of the Nile’s water.