CAIRO: Morsi-era politics damaged Egypt’s relations with African nations, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Monday in an interview with the Dream 2 television channel.
The issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was a political albatross for Mohamed Morsi, and in a televised June 2013 meeting which the former Egyptian president later said he had understood was private, a number of high-ranking officials talked about options to halt construction of the waterway, and said that they would not rule out use of force.
“After the meeting, African countries were led to believe that not only Egypt but all Arab countries wanted to destroy Ethiopia,” Bashir said. He added that his country is part of the Arab component of Africa, and would pay along with Egypt if Africans held this belief.
He added that Sudan “has internal rebel groups would be supported with weapons as a result of believing that Arabs want to destroy Ethiopia.” Omar al-Bashir was indicted in 2009 by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in the Sudanese region of Darfur; neither Sudan nor Egypt is a signatory to the Rome Statute which established the court, and is therefore not legally obligated to extradite him.
Bashir told the station that the Egyptian share of water would never be affected by the dam and any talks about this are only “emotional.”
On March 23, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inked an agreement with his Sudanese Counterpart Omar al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, remarking first agreement between Ethiopia and Egypt on the controversial dam since its construction began in 2010.
“We will never allow any obstacle to send us back to the period before signing the Declaration of the Renaissance Dam Principles Charter,” said Sisi at a Khartoum summit convened to sign the agreement.