Dr. Mostafa El-Feki, Director of the Library of Alexandria, said that during its presidency of the African Union, Egypt sought to serve African causes, and there were attempts to bring about a developmental boom in Africa.
During his interview with TV Anchor Sherif Amer, he added that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi raised the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) at the United Nations to put the world before its responsibilities on this issue.
El-Feki pointed out that Egypt had great patience regarding GERD negotiations, but the time came for each party to bear its responsibilities. He pointed out that Ethiopia sought to anesthetize Egypt to complete the construction of the dam.
Regarding the Sudanese position on the GERD crisis, Al-Feqi said that Sudan’s ex-President Omar al-Bashir was hostile to Egypt, and the Sudanese people were the ones who overthrew him, so the Egyptian people’s relations with the Sudanese people is one of the strongest African ties.
El-Feki explained that Sudan realized the danger of the dam, and hence it agreed with Egypt. He pointed out that the spirit of hostility in Ethiopia is clear from their unconstructive statements, and behind them are prejudiced forces, and it is clear that there are international attempts to exploit the situation.
He noted that Ethiopia has a historical complex from Egypt, and “we felt this in negotiations with them.” Egypt is not the culprit in the GERD case, but rather a victim, pointing out that water is life for Egypt.
The director of the Alexandria Library pointed out that Ethiopia knows well that Egypt has limits in patience. He thought that the world will not be silent until the situation reaches a military intervention to resolve the issue of GERD.
El-Feki added: “We are facing a dishonorable war, but we adhered to our national positions, but others did not abide by them.”
He stressed that President Sisi’s approach regarding the GERD file does not include hostility with anyone, pointing out that the internationalization of the issue was a smart move from Egypt.