Ethiopia seeks clarification on the statement President Trump made on the GERD

H.E. Gedu Andargachew, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia summoned today (October 24) the United States Ambassador H.E. Mike Raynor to seek clarifications on the remarks the US President made regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during his telephone conversation with the Prime Ministers of the Republic of the Sudan and the State of Israel.
Minister Gedu underscored the statement on the GERD and the negotiation process as misleading and wrong as the GERD doesn’t stop the flow of the Nile waters.
He said the incitement of war between Ethiopia and Egypt from a sitting US president neither reflects the longstanding partnership and strategic alliance between Ethiopia and the United States nor is acceptable in International Law governing interstate relations.
The Minister further informed the Ambassador that Ethiopia has never and will not in the future succumb to threats to its sovereignty and will be committed to continue the trilateral negotiations under the framework of the African Union.


  1. President Trump said it “loud and clear”. His statement is not ambiguous any layman or even a child can clearly understand what he said. No need to ask for clarification unless the “obliviant” Ethiopia is asking for clarification about the terms of the deal the USA led mediators proposed to Ethiopia at the negotiation. If it is not about the proposed deal then even Ethiopia knows the danger GERD is facing, that is why all airplanes are forbidden from flying near GERD by Ethiopia. That is why heavy missiles are put all around GERD ready to shoot down any airplanes flying near GERD.

    The statement Trump made cannot be any clearer. Asking clarification just shows the inability or the lack of willingness to comprehend. USA knows the risk associated with building the GERD dam and came up with solution to bring peace by proposing a deal. If Ethiopia attended and continued negotiation Ethiopia would have been able to ask for clarification, if the proposed deal was not clear to Ethiopia at the negotiation but Ethiopia chose not to attend the negotiations. After quiet sometime asking for clarification says a lot about Ethiopia meaning Ethiopia stoped attending the USA mediated negotiation without even having ca cear understanding about the terms that were put on the table to Ethiopia. That shows Ethiopia’s little interest in promoting peace. Any peace loving country would scrutinize every last detail of the proposals until it becomes crystal clear before stoping attending a negotiation that was underway to preserve peace. If Ethiopia was led by a nobel deserving leader then Ethiopia needed to stay in the negotiation as long as it takes to clearly understand the proposals. Asking for clarification after all these times just shows how obliviant the Ethiopian government is in matters concerning peace. That is why Ethiopia is facing the danger .


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