Sahlework Holds Talks with Rwanda’s President Kagame

ADDIS ABEBA – President Sahlework Zewde has continued on Monday her Nile Basin countries’ tour to explain Ethiopia’s stand over a dispute with Egypt over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

The diplomatic mission started last week during which scholars urged the government to step up its diplomatic offensive about Ethiopia’s intention with the building of the dam.

The construction of the mega-dam, which will be Africa’s largest and produce 6.4 gigawatts of power, is now around 71.2% complete.

Addis Ababa says the hydroelectric power from the dam is crucially needed to help to pull many of its 100 million people out of poverty and export electricity to neighboring countries.

Ethiopia is now pushing senior diplomatic delegations to Europe and Africa after talks with Egypt stalled.

Last week, President Sahlework held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi and Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni regarding the GERD negotiation, according to the ministry of foreign affairs of Ethiopia.

Yesterday, she met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali to discuss bilateral issues as part of Ethiopia’s move to create an understanding and support on the GERD to Nile riparian countries and international partners at large.

“The two sides consulted on ways to scale up relations” too, the ministry added.

Another high-level delegation led by former President Mulatu Teshome also traveled to Europe on a similar mission last week.

Mulatu delivered a message from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to EU Council and Commission as well as French President Emmanuel Macron.

During his encounter with the EU and French officials, the former president explained that Ethiopia has been committed to find a win-win solution to the ongoing negotiation between Egypt and Sudan.