Saudi Arabia accuses Ethiopia of posing threats to Sudan & Egypt

Published: Feb 27, 2013 Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics Views: 8,952
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February 26, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – A senior Saudi Arabian official unleashed a barrage of attack against Ethiopia saying that the Horn of Africa nation is posing a threat to the Nile water rights of Egypt and Sudan.

"The [Grand] Renaissance dam has its capacity of flood waters reaching more than 70 billion cubic meters of water, and is located at an altitude of 700 meters and if it collapsed then Khartoum will drown completely and the impact will even reach the Aswan Dam," the Saudi deputy defense minister Khalid Bin Sultan said at the meetings of the Arab Water Council in Cairo.

"Egypt is the most affected party from the Ethiopian Renaissance dam because they have no alternative water source compared to other Nile Basin countries and the establishment of the dam 12 kilometers from the Sudanese border is for political plotting rather than for economic gain and constitutes a threat to Egyptian and Sudanese national security "the Saudi official said.

The massive $4.8 billion dam is under construction and is scheduled for completion in 2015. It lies close to Sudan’s eastern borders and has a power generating capacity of 6,000MW and when completed it will enable Ethiopia to export more power to its neighbors.

Egypt fears that the Nile dam will reduce the flow of the river’s waters further downstream and Addis Ababa has long complained that Cairo was pressuring donor countries and international lenders to withhold funding.

An international panel of experts is set to announce its findings on the impact of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile’s flow in May 2013.

The Saudi deputy defense minister went further saying that Ethiopia is keen on harming Arab nations.

"There are fingers messing with water resources of Sudan and Egypt which are rooted in the mind and body of Ethiopia. They do not forsake an opportunity to harm Arabs without taking advantage of it" Prince Khalid said.

"The establishment of the dam leads to the transfer of water supply from the front of Lake Nasser to the Ethiopian plateau, which means full Ethiopian control of every drop of water, as well as [causing] an environmental imbalance stirring seismic activity in the region as a result of the massive water weight laden with silt withheld in front of the dam, estimated by experts at more than 63 billion tonnes," he added.

The Saudi official added that Nile basin countries calling for reallocating Nile water shares is a "real threat" to Egypt’s future.

"The information is alarming and it is important that we do not underestimate the danger at the moment and its repercussions in the future," he said.

It is unusual for Saudi officials known for being composed to make such damning criticism of other countries. It is not clear whether today’s remarks indicates hidden tensions with Ethiopia.

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, along with Ethiopia, signed an agreement to overturn British-colonial-era agreements dating back to 1929.

These gave Egypt and Sudan 90 percent of the Nile’s water flow and the power of veto over dam-building, even though 85 percent of the river’s water flows from the Ethiopian highlands.

Ethiopia and the upstream states contend they need more water because of burgeoning populations, industrialization and agricultural projects.

Water needs are expected to rise as the Nile basin population is projected to reach 654 million by 2030, up from 372 million in 2005, according to UN estimates.


The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, or Refresh Media P.L.C.


  1. Yareb telat
    Yareb telat
    2 years, 4 months ago

    Nothing new the Arab never like Ethiopia I can understand why the Saudi Arabian defense minister has to speak on behalf of Egypt and Sudan first they simply declaring war between neighbors the second reason is because of the discovery of the oil and gas on for locations even though the two neighbors country trying to work out a deal recently in the pass they had fought Ethiopia for centuries
  2. Henock
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Bullshit Arabs!! No one deems Arabs as human beings. Ignorants
  3. Anteneh
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Hey u saudi sultan go the *** up, n back to ur desert country! We don't gave a shit what ya said, we go forward as always!
  4. Abiyot Assefa
    Abiyot Assefa
    2 years, 6 months ago

    We have a full of right to build the dume b/c our resource so that we don't care what you are said. Long live for ethiopia. Amen.
  5. yohannes
    2 years, 6 months ago

    *** saudi,place of poor mind people
    2 years, 6 months ago

    instead of complaining on Ethiopian resource, I personally advice The Egyptian and their allies to invest on natural resource in Ethiopian Highland. Dont you know that if people has nothing to eat, what would be next?
  7. chala
    2 years, 6 months ago

    hame on saudi saying that....go solve your problem instead of trying punting you nose other people matter. We Ethiopia or the rest of African nation we don't care what you are saying. Matter your on problem....I think you need history lesson. When you live in the glass house you don't wan be the first on to throw stone.
  8. Daniel
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Ethiopia's time is coming don't panic oil giant. we have got both Oil & Water
  9. confused
    2 years, 6 months ago

    comments in this forum are very very funny and at times ***! The comments by Matthews Dita is a classic comedy. Donot you have shame? You have a country that doesn't even produce enough food for itself but you are talking about launching a satellite for military communications? Is that for real? I bet you are joking or you must be terribly *** with complete ignorance about your own country
  10. bellete
    2 years, 6 months ago

    These so called Saudi officials worried about Egypt's and Sudan's future. It’s so sad to hear that, for Ethiopia has been given up its future for others other than her own people. Anyway, that was in the past, and the past will never make its way to our future. Know this truth; we won't stop from reaching our goal no matter what is going to happen. Stay back!
  11. Ethiopian
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Your dream never ever realized as long as we young Ethiopian alive !!!!!!!!
  12. Yohannes abebe
    Yohannes abebe
    2 years, 6 months ago

    EVERY saudi army must shame by his leader
  13. Zecolourist
    2 years, 6 months ago

    With full of experts confirmation, the dam has no impact on Egypt & others, why so?
  14. Menbere
    2 years, 6 months ago

    its just what every Ethiopean has to expect! pls its a call to us just to think and act forward through doing our home work in a way that we all can stand against these historical rivals!
    we need to awake !!
  15. Prudent!
    2 years, 6 months ago

    For me this is posing a "clear and present danger" to Ethiopia's effort to develop.It shouldnot be underestimated.This man is placed in the inner circle of his goverment(by blood,status and position) and his comment shows the smoking gun!This is likely what is discussed behind the closed doors comes to the open.I hope our goverment and people should take the matter very seriously!
  16. shewit
    2 years, 6 months ago

    I think this man is not really warring about Egyptian and Sudanese people,but he is using as pretext for his hidden agenda.His still claiming that the agreement which was signed to benefit Egypt and Sudan should still reinforced.But this argument doesn't hold water,since it ignores the principle of fairness which demands that countries to use water equitably.
  17. anbesaw
    2 years, 6 months ago

    We can do whatever we want. You start pumping your oil we will send u water. When your neighbor becomes your enemy (like Iran) you are trying to get friend to salience your home land problem at the cost of our water. By the way oil also discovered too, don’t worry we will pump it to one of your Arab Country, *** moron.
  18. mebratu abera
    mebratu abera
    2 years, 6 months ago

    you, the arab crazy dog SHUT UP YOUR CONTAMINATED *** MOUTH!
  19. Son of Ethiopia
    Son of Ethiopia
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Your Arab, enough is enough! We are always well aware that you send terrorists to destablize us so that we couldn't concentrate on our business. You are our enemy eventhoug we were kind to you in history. Stop talking about our water resource just like we don't say a word about you oil resource. You have no part after all. We do our business in consultation with our neighbours for common good.
  20. confused
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Am I missing something? why would Saudi Arabia talk about the Nile waters? They are not in the Nile basin - they do not share the waters. Egypt or Sudan may something- but why Saudi Arabia?

    I think this is a joke - I do not really trust this news. Fellows - do not take everything you find on the internet serious- there is a lot of rubbish! This could be a parody.
  21. Bullaa
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Saudi is the real enemy of Ethiopia. The Saudi's finance Ogaden Front to disrupt the exploration of oil in the region. They have vested interest to meddle in anything that takes place in Ethiopia to stablize the country.
  22. Biruk (Habesha)
    Biruk (Habesha)
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Saudis there is a saying in America called " what goes around comes around". We will claim our Blue Nile water and Oil plus justice for those Crimes you have done to our citizens. Remember we were the ones who gave Prophet Mohammed freedom of speech while he was hiding from the royal family guards and you.
  23. dj
    2 years, 6 months ago

    This crazy Arab does not make any sense at all !
  24. Extraterrestrial
    2 years, 6 months ago

    We will slaughter you idiot Arab.
  25. Aschalew
    2 years, 6 months ago

    what is the reason behind this negative criticism of senior Saudi Arabian military guy ....have they plan to terrorize African countries? as to me ...they might have hiden agendas on our Ethiopia.

    They knows our unity very well on our country problem from outside..., the Nile issue is everything for us!!!
  26. wow
    2 years, 6 months ago

    my saudi dupty diffence officer u dont understand what ur talking about peac love Ethiopians not attacked any areb or other we use our right according international low with out harm any country u must understand we r on near future the reginal power house and oil producer even now we r strong enugh to defened our land not like ur country mercenry army from pakistan , india
  27. ephrem
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Well just tell the Saudis to mind their own bees wax! As we don't pose threats for the environmental impact of oil extraction for many years and did not tell anyone to stop producing oil with all it;s environmental and health impact on humanity! The war and terror due to oil...many have lost their lives. No one can tell the Ethiopians what to, but Ethiopians will tell them what is in the best
  28. Lover of Ethiopia
    Lover of Ethiopia
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Just cant believe a dictator who is suckin his people is saying dat, look mr. Prince or whateve traditional minded ethiopian hater asshole, we have the right to use our naturaly occuring gifts, the egyptians have used them for a very long time, and while they were developing, we were ***in dying of starvation and famine, so, shut the *** up! If u want blood, bring it one, we have deafeted kadhiv ismail, we can do it to those new ones too.
  29. le dedebu arab
    le dedebu arab
    2 years, 6 months ago

    what this crazy arab is talking about !!! that doesn't concern him !!!!!! if he want to say this bull shit words again we will never tolerate !! we will show them our unity !!!!!!!!!
  30. Dawit
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Eventhough khalid sultan concern about the egypt future he doesnt fully understood what the project plan,it's benefit not only for Ethiopian,for eastafrica and egypt also.we must have to work on deplomacy to change this.
  31. zekarias talo
    zekarias talo
    2 years, 6 months ago

    unacceptable!!!!!!!!! we not engage in any business which threatens our beloved neighbours. so we urgently condemned such groundless officials' position!!!!!!!!!!!
  32. Musaed
    2 years, 6 months ago

    all i want to say to Khalid Bin Sultan is "كس أمك يا خالد"
  33. Firew G
    Firew G
    2 years, 6 months ago

    What do they talking about, we doing it any way.
  34. Elias
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Zis not consern u Sawd. Arab. LONG LIVE TO GREAT ETHIOPIA!
  35. obsi
    2 years, 6 months ago

    no dam has collapsed before, the engineers are more qualified to say about the safety issue. you carry on with what you are good at i.e. doing nothing and interfering. no one will be harmed by the dam. both Sudan and Egypt will benefit too from uninterrupted power supply.
  36. adey
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Ethiopian people is the nicest people ever b/c We feed Egyptian. Now our tern to feed our self. I know Egyptian well developed country, but we Ethiopians are every single of us we are hero. I am one of them, I will protect my country, if Egyptian came up with military force . I will be the one to be in front to die for my country. God blessed Ethiopia !!!!
  37. alax
    2 years, 6 months ago

    We Ethiopian are blessed people because we feed Egyptian people so many years but we didn’t thank for our self but now our tern. We have right to use our water resource. I have the dream Ethiopia will very developed country, no more poverty, we not afraid no one b/c god always with us. Look our history we are the lion king. We will protect our mother land. We will give blood!!!!
  38. solomon
    2 years, 6 months ago

    More attacks of this sort and others are likely to be thrown at our country, some real some fearing Ethiopian rise,our unity is
    gonna be the determinant force against all our current or future enemies.LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA.
  39. ጥቁር ሰው
    ጥቁር ሰው
    2 years, 6 months ago

    I wish they new that every Ethiopian will give it's blood and bones for his country. I wish . . .
  40. abc
    2 years, 6 months ago

    ay areb hulgeze yezenb wetete nachew
  41. Kr.Peninsula
    2 years, 6 months ago

    Hang yourself stinky Arab! The Ethiopian Gov’t should take back all given Ethiopian lands for rice production to those faggot Arabs and watch them carefully.
    2 years, 6 months ago

    kabede gar man yabdal.arfen sirachinin mesrat new.

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