Sudan Rules Out Armed Action Over Ethiopia's Nile Dam
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi ruled out military action to stop Ethiopia filling its controversial Blue Nile mega dam, during a visit to Qatar Thursday
Doha, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :Sudanese Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi ruled out military action to stop Ethiopia filling its controversial Blue Nile mega dam, during a visit to Qatar Thursday.
"There is no room to talk about the military option. We are now talking about political options," al-Mahdi told reporters in Doha.
"There will be a significant mobilisation of global opinion -- and most importantly African opinion, especially in the neighbouring countries and Nile Basin countries -- to prevent Ethiopia from moving ahead with de-stabilizing the security of its significant neighbours, Egypt and Sudan," she added.
Ethiopia says the power produced by the huge hydro-electric project will be vital to meet the development needs of its 110 million people.
Sudan's irrigation minister warned Wednesday that his country stood ready to harden its stance in the dispute.
"For Sudan, all options are possible, including returning (the matter) to the UN Security Council (UNSC) and hardening policy... (if) Ethiopia embarks on a second filling (of the dam) without agreement," Yasser Abbas told reporters.