International

Sisi Blames Renaissance Dam Crisis on January 25th Uprising: Egypt Bared Its Back and Shoulder in 2011

Sisi Blames Renaissance Dam Crisis on January 25th Uprising: Egypt Bared Its Back and Shoulder in 2011

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi at World Youth Forum (WYF) (photo: Facebook)

President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi blamed the Renaissance Dam crisis with Ethiopia on the 2011 uprising, which unseated Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of autocratic rule.

Sisi’s comments came in a cultural seminar for the army last Sunday, during which the president stated that Egypt has “revealed its back and bared its shoulder in 2011,” CNN Arabic reports.

Commenting on failed negotiations with Ethiopia regarding the dam’s potentially disastrous impact on water availability in Egypt, Sisi said that if it wasn’t for what happened in 2011, both parties would have been able to reach a satisfactory agreement. Sisi went on to warn against repeating those events, urging Egyptians to be careful and not “devour” the country.


Sisi’s speech during the seminar (video: Sada El Balad)

The Egyptian president also cited his March 2015 negotiations with Sudanese and Ethiopian leaders in Khartoum, which saw the parties reach a 10-point framework agreement to secure the country’s share of Nile water. However, the parties failed to reach technical solutions, regarding the filling of the dam’s reservoir or the duration and amount of water it would require.

Sisi also called on the parties to deal with the crisis calmly and wisely, reassuring Egyptians that the state has laid out a number of scenarios and plans to solve the country’s water poverty. The president also stated that the Egyptian government is currently working on a number of solutions, such as water recycling and desalination.

Sisi also announced that he will be holding talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia regarding the dam.

The president’s comments comparing Egypt to a woman who bares her back and shoulder, prompted controversy among social media users in Egypt who described his statements as ‘sexist’.

Uncontrollable Wild Fires in Lebanon Force Residents to Leave their Homes
Political Elite Outsider Kais Saied Elected As Tunisia's President

Subscribe to our newsletter


International

More in International

Egypt Signs Reconciliation Agreement with Qatar

Egyptian StreetsJanuary 5, 2021

Morocco and Israel Officially Normalize Relations

Egyptian StreetsDecember 10, 2020

Egyptian-Canadian Professor Dr. Hoda El-Maraghy Receives the Order of Canada

Noran Alaa MorsiNovember 30, 2020

German Citizen Accused of Spying on Angela Merkel’s Press Office for Egypt

Egyptian StreetsNovember 17, 2020

Eight Peacekeepers Killed in Egypt Sinai Helicopter Crash

Egyptian StreetsNovember 12, 2020

Palestinian Leader and Negotiator Saeb Erekat Dies of COVID-19, Aged 65

Amina ZaineldineNovember 10, 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine Candidate 90% Effective: Pfizer

Egyptian StreetsNovember 9, 2020

Egypt’s Sisi Congratulates US President-elect Biden on Victory

Egyptian StreetsNovember 8, 2020