Ethiopia condemns Arab League’s “blind support” to Egypt, commends Sudan’s “principled position”

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs releases a statement in which Ethiopia “notes with dismay the “Resolution” of the Executive Council of the Arab League concerning the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) issued on 05 March 2020.”

At the end of its 153rd session, the Arab League Council issued a resolution in which it rejected any form of “infringement of Egypt’s historical rights to the waters of the River Nile.”

The Arab League has 22 member states: they are, in alphabetical order: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. It also has four observers: Brazil, Eritrea, India and Venezuela.

However, so far, Sudan is the only country out of the 22 which declined to sign on the resolution. “The Sudanese side argued that such a joint statement is not in the best interest of Sudan and the Arab League’s intervention in the issue could further strain Arab-Ethiopian relations,” according to Alarabiya newspaper.

In the statement this morning Ethiopia rejected the “Resolution” in its entirety. “This “Resolution” gives blind support to a member state without taking into consideration key facts at the center of the GERD talks,” the statement said.

In the same statement, Ethiopia has commended Sudan’s refusal to sign the resolution and praised it for demonstrating “once again” its position of “being a voice of reason and justice.” “Ethiopia expresses its profound appreciation to Sudan’s principled position that helps advance win-win solutions for all the parties involved, through a commitment to open dialogue.”

It is to be recalled that a similar resolution of support from the members of the Arab Parliament has prompted a letter written by Tagesse Chafo, Speaker of the House of People’s Representatives (HoPR) and addressed to Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami, Speaker of the Arab Parliament. In the letter, exclusively obtained by Addis Standard, Speaker Tagesses said that it was “very unfortunate that the Arab Parliament chose to express its resolve to stand by Egypt’s historical rights on the Nile waters while it has remained silent on the rights, of Ethiopia – a country that is the source of more than 85 percent of the Nile waters.”

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