Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan revealed on Tuesday the truth behind holding a summit to solve Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis.
In televised statements, Kattan denied those ‘baseless’ rumors, noting that the Saudi-Africa summit is set to be held in Riyadh soon, followed by the Arab-Africa one.
“We don’t have any undeclared goals in Africa,” Saudi Minister confirmed, adding that the kingdom seeks to strengthen its relations with the African continent, in order to restore security and stability to this region.
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In a defiant move, Ethiopia announced last Wednesday that the second phase of the GERD reservoir filling would proceed as planned, without reaching a legal binding deal.
In press statements, Ethiopian Foreign Ministry Legal Advisor Ibrahim Idris affirmed Ethiopia’s right to build the dam according to a document signed by Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan.
He also added that Addis Ababa will continue the second phase of the dam’s reservoir filling, away from the ongoing negotiations between the three countries.
Idris pointed out that his country would proceed with building the dam despite Egyptian and Sudanese ‘ unacceptable’ attempts.