Pompeo approves plans to halt aid to Ethiopia over Nile dam dispute

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

BY J. EDWARD MORENO

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has approved plans to halt some U.S. aid to Ethiopia, Foreign Policy reported on Friday.

The halt in aid comes as the U.S. mediates a dispute over a dam on the Nile River that’s pitted Ethiopia against Egypt and Sudan, according to Foreign Policy. The decision could impact up to $130 million of assistance to programs including security, counter-terrorism and anti-human trafficking.

“There’s still progress being made, we still see a viable path forward here,” a U.S. official told the magazine. “The U.S. role is to do everything it can to help facilitate an agreement between the three countries that balance their interests. At the end of the day it has to be an agreement that works for these three countries.”

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Ethiopia and Egypt are at a standstill in negotiations over how the dam on a tributary of the Nile will be managed.

Egypt and Sudan, which depend on the Nile for much of their fresh water, are opposed to any development they say will impact the flow downstream, including the 6,000-megawatt power plant Ethiopia hopes to develop at the dam.

4 Comments

  1. Humble Commentary
    Egypt dose NOT give a damn about Black African Ccuntries. This is a fact!!!! Egypt demonstrated that attitude a long time ago when it negotiated with England about the NILE — deliberately NEGLECTING Ethiopia all together as NO ENTITY!!!! It is the clearest negative attitude of Egypt towards Black African Countries >>> “Abid” as they call us all Black Africans.

    My daring and humble advice to the Leaders of Ethiopia:
    KEEP ON WITH YOUR DEVELOPMENT OF THE BLUE NILE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE ETHIOPIAN PEOPLE. AS CUSTODIAN OF THE Blue Nile, and BEING HUMANLY MINDFUL AS ALWAYS, THE NEED OF OTHER COUNTRIES OF THE NILE MUST ALSO BE RESPECTED..

    IT IS SINCERELY HOPE THAT EGYPT IS NOT ENGULFED BY ITS “SUPERIORITY COMPLEX” THAT WILL RESULT IN UNFORTUNATE CONSEQUENCES FOR ITS OWN SURVIVAL. THE END

  2. Such called symbol & icon of democracy making a halt in aid is by no means viable. Where you can get justice & fairness? Instead of halting, America humanitarian organizations & senate shall support Ethiopia on the process of to get rid of poverty on constructing such dam.

    Pompeo is liable on approving such plans since he wrongly decided at the expense of American tax payers.

  3. I understand that the Ethiopian Ambassador has lodged a formal request to the Secretary of State asking for explanation. I prefer to wait until we hear about the official response. To me I expect certain type of financial aids will end at some point. There will be time when they are not critical at some point. It is also obvious that the economy here has been badly damaged by the pandemic where tens of millions have lost their jobs with no immediate hope of getting their jobs back. We hear reports of more and more families being not able to provide for their families in every state. Experts have serious doubts even if many of the shuttered businesses will ever be back open. They are mortally wounded. Critical subsidies are needed and trillions have been poured into the effort already and trillions more will be needed. To do so some programs are bound to fall victim of cutbacks. One area can be billions in foreign aid. Foreign aid has been an issue for many community leaders for decades. So things are not business as usual nowadays. As the saying goes ‘When your neighbor loses his job it is a recession and when you also lose your job it is a depression.’ It will be quite a bumpy ride ahead. Unless some miracle happens where the virus just suddenly disappears there will be more and more people and businesses needing financial assistance for just sustenance.

    So I eagerly wait to hear the official response to the Ambassador’s request for explanation.

  4. This is simply madness. Washington is a bit confused these days. To appease the anger of Egypt black Africans are being used as a pawn without any valid reason. I say it is a good thing. Looking and hoping others will hold our hands and lead us to a cool fountain in the middle of the desert is a mirage. Powerful countries have played us and they still continue to play us for their own benefits.
    We know everything is lasting for a period of time. Life and power are transitory. “The decision by the state department reminded me something I saw on the walls of the old American Embassy in Tehran. It says ” The day the US praises us we should mourn”. I pondered on this slogan. What came to mind is praising always follows with demand for raw materials or a change in government as we have seen in the aftermath of Libya, Iraq, Syria and the former Yugoslavia and many other nation around the globe. In the name of democracy these and many countries have been demolished to non existence. Africa needs to wake up. No one on the planet gives you assistance (in the form of monetary or humanitarian) help for free. They will always want something back from your land. The decision to withhold this assistance for Ethiopia is as illogical as the British mandate that awarded the larger portion of the Nile water to Egypt. As it was then, it is simply self serving. Forsaking the forsaken and imposing an appropriate decision on the weak. That is the meaning of the 21st democracy. pretty shameful decision I might add!

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