Tagged: Ethiopia

‘Sabahi: We dreamed of democracy and social justice,’ Sky News Arabia (UAE), 14 May 2014

In an interview with Sky News Arabia, Egyptian presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi stressed that the dreams of democracy and social justice remain with Egyptians. If he wins, Sabahi said that he is committed to all of Egypt’s international agreements, however, the peace treaty with Israel would need to be be modified to allow Egypt to more effectively control the Sinai Peninsula. Continue reading


‘Three Egyptians arrested in Ethiopia on charges of spying,’ Elaph (London), 10 May 2014

Ethiopian authorities have arrested three Egyptians, saying that they were spying on the Grand Renaissance Dam. Meanwhile, the Egyptian foreign ministry said that relevant agencies are following the case, indicating that Egypt will not compromise on the issue of the dam. A security source told “Elaph” that information about the dam is readily available to Egypt, and that it does not need to spy to get it. Continue reading

‘al-Shabaab: Ethiopia joining AMISOM won’t change the situation’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 25th January 2014

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Spokesperson for the Al-Shabaab Militia, ‘Ali Tayara, responds to Ethiopia’s official announcement regarding their involvement in the African Union’s AMISOM. Ethiopia’s constant entanglement in the 20-year long Somali crisis has led ‘Ali Tayara to conclude that there will be no real change in the situation.

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‘America confirms the presence of U.S. Army Officers in Somalia’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 11th January 2014

The U.S. officially announces the presence of U.S. troops in Somalia, although a leaked cable confirmed their presence in December 2013. They aim to provide training and tactical support to AMISOM and Somali troops in order to increase stability and regional security.

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‘Al-Shabaab attack African Military bases in Lower Shabelle’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 5th January 2014

The al-Shabaab have strengthened their position in Somalia following the start of the new year and are attacking established military bases belonging to Somali and AMISOM forces on a nightly basis.

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Riyadh police receive more than 60,000 illegal Ethiopians…deport 7,000, Al-Jazirah (Saudia Arabia), 22 November 2013

A campaign to investigate Ethiopian violators of work and residence visas is underway in Riyadh. Over 7,000 Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia, and over 60,000 have been placed into shelters to await their fate.

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“Minister of Power threatens: Pay… or get cut-off”, al-Gomhuriah, 1st June 2013‎

‎وزير الكهرباء يهدد : الدفع .. او الفصلوزير الكهرباء يهدد : الدفع .. او الفصل

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‎أصدر المهندس أحمد إمام وزير الكهرباء والطاقة تعليمات مشددة لجميع رؤساء شركات التوزيع التسع علي مستوي الجمهورية بعدم التهاون مع المتقاعسين عن سداد فواتير الكهرباء وفصل التيار فوراً عن أي جهة أو مواطن يمتنع عن السداد وذلك بعد انذاره مرتين علي الأكثر بدون أي وساطة أو محسوبية ومحاسبة المحصلين ومتابعة عمليات التحصيل يومياً وإعداد تقرير بذلك للعرض عليه.

‎جاء ذلك في تصريحات لـ”المساء” أمس قبيل مغادرته القاهرة متجهاً إلي السعودية لتوقيع اتفاقية الربط الكهربائي بين مصر والسعودية اليوم بالرياض والتي تتيح تبادل 3 آلاف ميجاوات بين البلدين في أوقات الذروة التي تتمثل في السعودية من الساعة الواحدة إلي الرابعة وفي مصر من السابعة وحتي العاشرة مساء كما تتيح الاتفاقية تبادل الفائض والمتاح بين البلدان علي أسس تجارية ليستفيد منها أي من الطرفين.

‎أشار وزير الكهرباء إلي أن التكلفة الاجمالية لمشروع الربط بين مصر والسعودية مليار و56 مليون دولار نصيب مصر منها 570 مليون دولار ويتحمل الجانبان تمويل المشروع من تكاليف انشاء وتشغيل فيما يخصه علي أرضه علي ان تكون تكلفة الكابل البحري الرابط بين طرفي الخط مناصفة بين الدولتين موضحاً أنه سيتم البدء فوراً في طرح المناقصة العامة المتعلقة بالمشروع والتي سيتم فيها الاستعانة بالشركات العالمية العاملة في هذا المجال إضافة إلي الشركات المصرية التي سيكون لها النصيب الأكبر من هذه الأعمال تمهيدا لبدء تنفيذ .المشروع الذي سوف تصارع فيه البلدان الزمن من أجل الانتهاء منه قبل المواعيد المحددة له

أوضح امام ان مجلس الشوري سوف يناقش في جلسته غدا تداعيات سد النهضة علي قطاع الكهرباء في مصر والمخاطر المتوقعة علي محطات توليد الكهرباء سواء المحطات المائية بما فيها السد العالي.

‎أشار الوزير إلي أن اللجنة التي تم تشكيلها من خبراء قطاع الكهرباء والمحطات المائية والمتخصصين في هذا المجال بدأت عملها لدراسة البدائل المتاحة في حالة انحسار المياه وعدم تدفقها للمحطات علي ان يتم اعداد تقرير مفصل عن التداعيات والمخاطر علي المحطات والبدائل المتاحة والتكلفة الخاصة بهذه البدائل والتي من المتوقع ان تكبد القطاع اعباء إضافية كبيرة.




“Minister of Power threatens: Pay… or get cut-off”

‎01/06/2013 01:22:45pm

Author –  Sahar Isma’il

The Minster of Electricity and Energy, Engineer Ahmed Imam, issues strict instructions to all leaders of nine nationwide companies non-tolerance of delayed electricity bill payment and the immediate shutting off of power to any party or citizen who refrain from payment after at most two warnings, without any mediation or patronage from collectors accounting, a follow up of daily collection, as well as the preparation of a report to display the results.

This came from a statement to “The Evening” yesterday before his departure from Cairo to Saudi to sign an agreement today in Riyadh linking the power/electricity between Egypt and Saudi today. This allows the sharing of three thousand megawatts between the two countries during peak times, which are represented in Saudi between 1pm and 4pm and in Egypt between 7pm and 10pm in the evening. The agreement also offers to exchange the available surplus between the two countries on the commercial basis for the benefit of any of the two parties.

The Minister of Energy said that the total cost of the project linking Egypt and Saudi Arabia would be at 1.56 billion dollars, of which Egypt’s contribution is 570 million dollars. The two sides bear the financing of project establishment and the operational costs within its own jurisdiction. The cost of the submarine cable will be shared equally. He further explained that work will start immediately using public funds by international and Egyptian companies, the latter of which will have the largest share in the business of preparing for the implementation of the project, which the countries will struggle to finish before the deadline.

Tomorrow the repercussions of the Renaissance Dam on Egypt’s energy sector, including potential risks on both power plants, aquatic plants and the High Dam, will be discussed in front of the Shura Council.

The Minister pointed to that the committee that which is formed of experts from the electricity sector, Hydro plants and other specialists from the field, began its work to examine the alternatives in case of receding water and the ceasing of water flow for stations and preparing a report on the implications and risks to the stations, and the costs of alternatives which are expected to incur significant additional sector burdens.

Translated by Robert Forster.

Original article on al-Gomhuriah.

“Security Expert: Israel behind the construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to embarrass Egypt”, Al-Shourouk (Egypt), 28th May 2013

خبير أمني: إسرائيل وراء بناء سد النهضة الإثيوبى لإحراج مصر

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Renaissance Dam (Open source image)

نشر فى : الثلاثاء 28 مايو 2013 – 2:00 م 
آخر تحديث : الثلاثاء 28 مايو 2013 – 2:00 م
‎- هدير الحضري

‎قال اللواء عبد الحميد عمران، الخبير الأمنى والمحلل الاستراتيجى، إن إسرائيل وراء عملية بناء سد النهضة الإثيوبي؛ لأنها ترغب أن تضع مصر فى وضع وصفه بـ«الحرج».

‎وأضاف عمران، فى تصريحات خاصّة لـ«الشروق»، اليوم الثلاثاء، أن إنشاء السد ينتج عنه عجز كبير فى المياه عجز إلى مصر والدول الإفريقية المتضررة، وهو ما جعله يؤكد على ضرورة اللجوء إلى المحكمة الدولية لحل المسالة، حيث إنه من الصعب القيام بأعمال عنف داخل إثيوبيا لإيقاف عملية بناء السد.

‎يذكر أن دولة إثيوبيا بدأت اليوم عملية تغيير مجرى النيل الأزرق من أجل بناء سد النهضة عليه.




Security Expert: Israel behind the construction of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to embarrass Egypt

Published: Tuesday, 28 May 2013, 14.00; Other updates: Tuesday, 28 May 2013, 14.00
– Hadir al Hadrii

The security expert and strategic analyst, Major General Abdul Hamid Amran, said that Israel is behind the construction work of the Ethiopian Renaissance dam, wanting to put Egypt in a situation described as critical.

Amran added, in statements exclusive to “Shourouk” on Tuesday, that the dam will create a water deficit in Egypt and other countries affected, which will make it necessary to find recourse in the international courts to find a solution, as it is difficult to carry out acts of violence inside Ethiopia to stop the building of the dam.

He mentions that the country Ethiopia began today the progress of changing the course of the Blue Nile in order to build the Renaissance dam.



Damming the Nile has been a contentious issue for Egypt since the well-being of the Nile is crucial to the country’s survival and it has formed the backbone for civilization for thousands of years.

Ethiopia is moving at a strategic time given the inherently chaotic political situation that Egypt still faces in the Post-Arab spring. Constant changes in high-level government positions and a large section of the population upset with the Muslim Brotherhood’s current place in government, makes the chance for retaliation small in the near future. This aspect being alluded to in the article.

Previously, however, Egypt has gone to extreme lengths to prevent the damming of the Nile, including the funding of Eritrean rebel’s to sabotage projects in their former colonizer, Ethiopia.

The possible effects on the politics of the country could be interesting, as the military may attempt to use Ethiopian actions to revive nationalist sentiment. Evidence of such is seen here: with the indication that Israel, despite the peace treaty, is behind such heinous actions towards the state of Egypt. This could be useful to direct attention away from the domestic sphere, but how effective this strategy will be will be fascinating to see in the future. The majority of articles on the internet seem to admit that the Renaissance Dam will simply be a fact that Egypt has to reckon with and Ethiopia has stated on several occasions that the Dam will not damage the livelihood of the Egyptian people.

The water problem in the Middle East, especially in the Gulf and North Africa, is, however, a serious security matter and as former General Secretary of the United Nations, Petrus Petrus Ghali said, future wars in the Middle East may be fought on the ground of water security rather than political reasons.