Addis Ababa, October 27/2020(ENA) US President Donald Trump, escalating tensions between two long-standing American allies, Egypt and Ethiopia, over a mega-dam on a tributary of the River Nile marks the largest diplomatic failure of his administration in Africa, BBC reported.
President Trump mentioned final week that Egypt may “blow up” the Ethiopian-built dam, regardless of boasting in January that he deserved a Nobel Peace Prize as a result of he had “made a deal”.
Trump’s feedback have been imprecise, however appeared to be a reference to his intervention, on the request of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi”, to resolve the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Egypt sees the dam as an “existential threat” to its survival, a priority shared, albeit to a lesser extent, by Sudan, BBC said, and underscored Ethiopia, then again, regards the dam as very important for its vitality wants.
Citing Kenya-based Horn of Africa safety analyst Rashid Abdi for saying US mediation over the dam had worsened tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia, it identified that Trump has grow to be a “hate figure for Ethiopians”.
“Ethiopia is stepping up security around the dam,” Abdi mentioned.
He mentioned this confirmed Trump’s failure to grasp how world diplomacy labored.
Trump has misconceived notion that you could minimize a deal like in enterprise, he mentioned, including that he left the US Treasury to play the lead position in negotiations, when overseas coverage is meant to be carried out by the State Division.
The implications have been to worsen an already unhealthy scenario, Abdi added.
“Ethiopia feels betrayed by America, and Trump is now a hate-figure for many Ethiopians,” Abdi famous.
The US has determined to chop a reported 100 million USD support to Ethiopia for the accusation of negotiating in unhealthy religion following its resolution to press forward with filling the dam earlier than addressing Egypt’s and Sudan’s considerations concerning the circulate of water to their nations.
Ethiopia, Africa’s second most-populous state, is a key US ally within the battle towards militant Islamists within the unstable Horn of Africa.