Ethiopia: Qatar Supports Our Rights in Dam Dispute
Qatar backs “Ethiopia’s right to development” and has not changed its fixed stance on the Renaissance Dam issue.
The Ethiopian Embassy in Doha revealed that Qatar backs “Ethiopia's right to development", considering that “talks on the Renaissance Dam belong to the African Union”.
The embassy added, through its account on Twitter that the Ethiopian ambassador to Doha, Samia Zakaria Goto, met with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in Qatar, Sultan Saeed Al-Muraikhi, where the latter assured that his country “backs Ethiopia’s right to development and has not changed its fixed stance on the Renaissance Dam issue.”
On his part, Al-Muraikhi indicated that "the Renaissance Dam issue is related to the African Union and must be tackled”, adding that “the talks between officials touched on bilateral relations between the two countries.”
The Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the two sides "examined bilateral cooperation between the two countries," but they have not talked about any other specifics.
Besides, the numerical majority of member states at the UN Security Council said that “while Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan all have legitimate claims to, and concerns about, use of the Nile River Basin’s waters, the three neighbors should negotiate in good faith towards a mutually beneficial agreement on the historic waterway’s sustainable management.”
On her part, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi stated that "Khartoum is considering going to the United Nations Human Rights Council to tackle the crisis of mobilizing the Renaissance Dam".