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“The issue of Egypt is not about water, it is about ensuring political supremacy,” said Sudan’s Hali Yahaya

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“The issue of Egypt is not about water, it is about ensuring political supremacy,” said Sudan’s Hali Yahaya

Sudanese journalist and East African political analyst Hali Yahaya said Egypt’s issue with Ethiopia is not a matter of water use but a matter of political supremacy.

During a meeting with Ethio-Egypt on current affairs, Hali said Egypt is shocked that the Renaissance Dam will change the economic and political landscape of the region.

He said Egypt did not want to complete the Renaissance Dam not because of water shortages, but because it feared that Ethiopia would gain economic and political supremacy in the region, adding that it was working to block the completion of the dam.

He said Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed on more than 95 percent of the issues raised by the dam, adding that Egypt is pushing Sudan to accept the offer.

“Ethiopia has built the dam to lift its people out of poverty and not to harm the lower riparian countries,” Hali said, adding that Egypt’s interest is not water but Ethiopia’s desire to grow.

He said there is no shortage of water due to the Renaissance Dam. He said Egypt’s issue with Ethiopia is not to ensure water use but to ensure political supremacy.

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