(Ahram Online) The Egyptian government has “alternative routes” in dealing with a major hydroelectric dam being constructed in Ethiopia, a spokesman for the Egyptian irrigation ministry said on Wednesday following a recent meeting between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan that was deemed a deadlock.
Spokesman Khaled Waseef said, in a press statement reported by MENA, that the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam faces financial as well as technical problems, and that the Ethiopian government’s statements that the project has been 30 percent completed are a “media show” for its own political gains.
Waseef added that the construction levels of the dam are “extremely low” and that the project’s generator has “not even one brick [in place].”
He stated that the negotiations with Ethiopia will not resume until Ethiopia changes its position and “applies international standards” while constructing the dam. He said there are imminent dangers for Egypt if the dam continued to be built as planned, which is something “Egypt would never accept.”