CAIRO: Former President Hosni Mubarak called the Nahda Dam crisis a “scandal” and discussed his disappointments with foreign policy under Morsi in audio recordings exclusively obtained by Youm7, published in mid-September.
The former president said in the recording, “I want to tell people who are accusing me of neglecting the situation with the Nile that I held monthly meetings with African presidents.”
He said he warned the former prime minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi Asres, that “if a project affects Egypt’s proportion of Nile water, we will have a problem. So, [the minister] started the procedures after my resignation in February 2011.”
Mubarak said the Nahda Dam threatened national security because it would severely diminish Egypt’s share of Nile water.
Mubarak also said the U.S. tricked former Minister of Defense Abd al-Halim Abu Ghazala into accepting a military base in Sharqia in exchange for an aid package of $200 million.
“I refused that and told Ghazala that ‘This country’s dust is worth more than all the millions of dollars in the world,’” Mubarak said.
Translated from Youm7