U.S. May Cut Aid to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute

ADDIS ABEBA – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has approved a plan to halt U.S. foreign assistance to Ethiopia, reported the Foreign Policy,  as the Trump administration continues to show its impartiality in the dam negotiation, reported the Foreign Policy

Washington, D.C.-based magazine reported the decision to halt funding was made this week and may affect up to nearly $130 million in U.S. foreign assistance to Ethiopia. 

Unnamed U.S. officials and congressional aides familiar with the matter told FP that the latest move could fuel new tensions in the relationship between Washington and Addis Ababa as it carries out plans to fill the dam.

Programs that are on the chopping block include security assistance, counterterrorism and military education and training, anti-human trafficking programs, and broader development assistance funding.

The cuts would not impact U.S. funding for emergency humanitarian relief, food assistance, or health programs aimed at addressing COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS, it said.

The move is seen as an illogical way that aims to force Ethiopia to agree with Egypt. The Trump administration has not approved parallel cuts in foreign assistance to Egypt.

Many Ethiopians believe the Trump administration is taking Egypt’s side in the dispute. President Donald Trump has shown a fondness for Sisi, reportedly calling him his “favorite dictator” during a G-7 summit last year.

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