Egypt Urges Somalia to Mediate Dam Dispute with Ethiopia, Top Diplomat Says.

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi urged his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to mediate Egypt-Ethiopia Dam dispute, Egyptian foreign ministry official has confirmed.

Egypt’s foreign secretary envoy to Africa, Abubakar Hefni Mohamoud has arrived in Mogadishu on Sunday to submit letter from President el-Sisi to Somali’s leader Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

The envoy speaking to Mogadishu’s Goobjoog radio provided details on the content of the letter, saying that President el-Sisi urged his counterpart to mediate talks on renaissance dam dispute which triggered escalating tensions between Cairo and Addis Ababa.

Tensions are rising in east Africa because of the impasse between Ethiopia and Egypt over the $4.6 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. It’s around 71% complete and promises to provide much-needed electricity to Ethiopia’s 100 million people. Egypt fears the project — set to be Africa’s largest hydraulic dam — could reduce its share of the Nile, the main source of freshwater for Egypt’s population, also more than 100 million people.

The Egyptian envoy to Africa hopes that President Farmajo will be able to mediate such dispute due to friendly relations with Ethiopian PM, Abiy Ahmed.

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