Egypt’s reaction to Ethiopia’s “Hedasi Dam”

In a written statement from the ministry, it was stated that Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri and his Sudanese counterpart, Meryem Sadiq al-Mahdi, met in New York, USA, as part of the preparations for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session, which is expected to be held on Thursday at the request of the two countries.

“In their meeting, Shukri and Mehdi stated that they did not unequivocally accept Ethiopia’s announcement that the Hedasi Dam has started the second filling process, and that this announcement violated the provisions of the agreement signed between the three countries in 2015 and international agreements.” In the statement that included the statement, it was noted that this step of Ethiopia was an act of “revealing its bad intentions, dangerously escalating the tension” and trying to impose the situation on both countries.

In the statement, it was stated that both ministers agreed to continue intensive negotiations with UNSC member states to support them in reaching an agreement regarding the filling and operation of the Hedasi Dam in the interests of the three countries.


The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation announced that they had received an official letter from Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy Seleshi Bekele stating that his country had started the second filling process of Hedasi Dam.

In the letter sent by the ministry in response to Ethiopia, it was emphasized that Cairo rejected this “unilateral step” and warned about the regional and international repercussions of this.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Shukri said in a television program he attended on May 22, “If the Hedasi Dam is filled for the second time without a comprehensive agreement, this will be considered as a violation of the obligations under the Declaration of Principles Agreement, and Ethiopia will be considered to have entered the stage of deviating from international law.” had used the words.


Negotiations on the Hedasi Dam between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been unsuccessful for 10 years.

Hedasi Dam, 80 percent of which has been completed so far, is of great importance because it is built on the Blue Nile River tributary, which feeds the Nile 85%, in a region close to the Sudan-Ethiopia border.

Ethiopia, which supplies 90 percent of its electricity needs from hydroelectric power plants, aims to close the energy deficit and sell electricity with the Hedasi Dam, which will be the largest in Africa.

While the Addis Ababa administration insists on filling the dam despite not reaching an agreement with Egypt and Sudan, the Cairo and Khartoum administrations emphasize that a tripartite agreement should be reached first so that the annual share of Nile water per partner country is not affected.

The first filling process in the dam was made in July 2020, despite the reactions.

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