Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute 'not a war': Egypt PM
Egypt's dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Renaissance Dam "is not a war," Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Saturday.
During a visit to Equatorial Guinea, as part of an official delegation that included the minister of foreign affairs Nabil Fahmy, Mahlab said in a press conference the issue should be handled in the context of a "balance of interests."
The under-construction dam is situated near the Sudanese border on the Blue Nile, a Nile tributary. It is set to be the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa, producing as much as 6,000 megawatts of energy.
Egypt has repeatedly expressed its concern that the dam will affect its share of Nile water. The Ethiopian side insists this will not happen.
"Ethiopia has the right to generate electricity, but at the same time, Egypt's right to life, represented by the Nile's water, shouldn't be compromised," Mahlab said.
He denied any possibility of clashes between Egypt and Ethiopia, adding that the historic relationship between the two nations was the basis for shaping future relations between them.