A picture that ignited the controversy … Is Abi Ahmed on Sisi or this nature?


A photo of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed caused a stir on social media.

The picture gathered Sisi and Ahmed on the sidelines of the meetings of the Russian-African summit, has caused controversy on the networking sites, especially after the appearance of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, putting "forward on the feet" and sitting Sisi moderate.

Activists explained that this image reflects the tension between Egypt and Ethiopia, against the background of the crisis "Renaissance Dam."

But activists have circulated a series of pictures of several meetings of the Ethiopian prime minister, sitting permanently with "foot on foot", with various leaders.

Activists commented that the prime minister of Ethiopia was not loud in the way he sat, but rather practiced with all the leaders he met around the world.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister has commented on his remarks on "fighting the war" with Egypt over the Renaissance Dam.

Ambassador Bassam Radi, spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, said that Abe Ahmed "confirmed that his recent statements before the Ethiopian parliament on the file of the dam was fragmented out of context, and that all appreciation and respect for Egypt's leadership, people and government."

He said that his statements "expressed Ethiopia's commitment to the construction of the Renaissance Dam without damaging the two downstream states, and that the Ethiopian government and people have no intention of harming the interests of the Egyptian people, and that the stability of Egypt and Ethiopia is an added value and strength for the entire African continent."

He stressed that, as Prime Minister of Ethiopia, "committed to what has been announced by his country to adhere to the course of negotiations to reach a final agreement."

According to the Ethiopian News Agency (INA), the two leaders will discuss issues related to the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam and other bilateral issues.

Speaking about questions asked by lawmakers on Tuesday, Prime Minister Abe said: "I will hold talks with President Sisi on the sidelines of the Russian-African summit on the Renaissance Dam."

The Russian presidency announced today that President Vladimir Putin expressed his readiness to mediate between Egypt and Ethiopia to resolve the dispute over the Renaissance Dam.

Last week, Ethiopia reiterated its refusal to accept mediation other than tripartite consultations on the dam.

Abe Ahmed said that if his country had to fight a war over the Renaissance Dam, it could mobilize millions for confrontation.

The comments made by Abe Ahmed, during a questioning session in the Ethiopian parliament, on the crisis of the Renaissance Dam, and quoted by the agency "Associated Press" US.

The Ethiopian prime minister said: "Some say things about the use of force by Egypt, it must be stressed that no force can prevent Ethiopia from building the dam."

"If there is a need to go to war, we can mobilize millions, and if some can fire a missile, others can use bombs," said the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The $ 4 billion Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam was announced in 2011 and is designed to be the cornerstone of Ethiopia's bid to become Africa's largest energy exporter by generating more than 6,000 megawatts of electricity.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said after the talks on Facebook: "I affirm that the Egyptian state, with all its institutions, is committed to protecting Egyptian water rights in the Nile waters, and continues to take the necessary measures at the political level and within the limits of international law to protect these rights."

Ethiopian Minister Salshi Bekele rejected the Egyptian request for mediation at the talks.

"Why do we need new partners? Do you want to extend (negotiations) indefinitely?" He told reporters.

Last month, Ethiopia rejected a proposal by Egypt to operate the dam. Addis Ababa did not say how much water it wanted, but Egypt wanted at least 40 billion cubic meters of dam flow annually.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, described the new Egyptian proposal as a "crossing of the red line."

"Egypt's new proposal on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has become a point of contention between the two countries," the Ethiopian News Agency quoted the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy as saying.

Ethiopia says it aims to build the Grand Renaissance Dam to secure 6,000 megawatts of hydroelectric power, not to store water or harm downstream countries.

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