Ethiopia: Egypt Turmoil Could Destabilize Africa

dosage geneva; font-size: small;”>State Minister, rx Getachew Reda said the Prime Minister deeply regretted any loss of life that has occurred and sends his condolences, unhealthy and those of the people of Ethiopia, to the families of all those who have died or been injured.

“The Prime Minister urges in the strongest possible terms that all sides should exercise restraint and avoid any provocation or escalation of violence. He calls on the authorities in Egypt to promote dialogue and inclusiveness and to work for reconciliation. All Egyptian leaders should do everything possible to prevent further conflict,” Ethiopia’s Foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday night.

The Prime Minister said there was a real need to set in motion an inclusive process to embrace all shades of opinion and promote peace, stability and development.

The two countries’ relations worsened in June with Egypt threatening to wage war on Ethiopia over the construction of an electricity dam.

Egypt said the dam’s construction would affect the flow of River Nile to their mainland thus hurting agricultural and industrial activities in Egypt.

Ethiopia responded by warning Egypt that it was ready to defend itself if attacked, a crisis observers thought would culminate into war between the two countries.

Hailemariam called upon all Egyptians to act responsibly and peacefully, to cooperate in an inclusive process involving all political groups in a spirit of responsiveness, cooperation and partnership.

He hoped all Egyptians would now work together to restore stability and move forward to a restored stability, peace and development.

Following the ouster of Morsi, Egyptian forces have been battling the Muslim Brotherhood protestors. At least 40 people have since died in the deadly clashes. Thousands of supporters are now protesting in Cairo, calling for the reinstatement of Morsi.

The Prime Minister said destabilization in Egypt would influence the entire region, and also adversely affect the stability of Africa.

Prime Minister Hailemariam said it was in the interests of Ethiopia, as well as of all Egypt’s neighbors, that there should be peace and stability in Egypt.

He said Ethiopia was following events very closely, and it supported any efforts to stop violence and confrontation, and all attempts to stabilize the situation in Egypt which is a friendly and neighboring state. The Prime Minister urged all sides to avoid any recourse to violence.

The future of Egypt, said the Prime Minister, can and should only be determined by the Egyptian people. He said, despite the current difficulties, he had every confidence that the great Egyptian people and the authorities would now be able to transform the current situation into a political process that would provide for renewed peace and stability for the benefit of the people of Egypt, of the region and of Africa.

“Ethiopia believes, as it has demonstrated on numerous occasions, that dialogue and discussion provide the necessary way forward to resolve disputes whether external or internal. It is also a near neighbor and deeply involved in the development of a mutually beneficial relationship with all the states in the Nile Basin including Egypt. It believes that all the riparian states will continue to work together to provide peaceful solutions to all current problems,” the statement further read.

Prime Minister Hailemariam said that Ethiopia would always remain a friend of Egypt and the Egyptian people.

“We are committed to continuing peaceful and mutually beneficial relations with the Egyptian people, and fully supported their aspirations for democracy, development and dignity.”


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