Tigrai Online - June 18, 2013
Ethiopia and Egypt have released a joint statement through their foreign ministers. The joint statement indicated the two countries have agreed to hold further talks on the impact the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam to ease tensions between the two countries over shares of the waters of the River Nile.
"We agreed that we will start immediately on consultations at both the technical level... and the political level," Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr told reporters after meeting in Addis Ababa with his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom on Tuesday.
Ethiopia and Egypt have been embroiled in a heated dispute after Ethiopia began diverting the Blue Nile River last month for the construction of the 6,000 megawatt Grand Renaissance Dam. Egyptian politicians have been caught on live TV discussing how to attack Ethiopia and bomb the the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam last month.
The Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi had said earlier that "all options are open" over construction of the dam indicating Egypt might use force to stop the construction of the biggest dam in Africa.
But Amr and Tedros said relations between the two countries remained "brotherly" and that they would continue engaging on the impact of the dam.
The Egyptian foreign minister said previous statements had been made "in the heat of the moment".
"Both ministers stressed the need to continue the dialogue and communication with each other," they said in a joint statement. "We have two options, either to swim or sink together. I think Ethiopia chooses, and so does Egypt, to swim together," Tedros Sdhanom the Ethiopian foreign minister said.