Ethiopia refuses World Bank arbitration over Nile River dam

January 21, 2018 - 10:51 am

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's leader has refused arbitration by the World Bank on a disagreement with Egypt over the hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Saturday rejected the suggestion made by Egypt in late December that the World Bank should be brought in to resolve the dispute over the construction of the dam on the Nile River that Egypt says threatens its water security. Sudan is also involved in the mediation because the Nile flows through it on its way to Egypt.

Ethiopia will not accept Egypt's request to include the World Bank in the tripartite technical committee's talks on the dam, Desalegn told the state run Ethiopian News Agency after visiting Egypt on Friday where he met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

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