Israel Offers to Mediate Ethiopia-Egypt Dam Row

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Addis Ababa, 9 March 2014 (WIC)  – Israeli Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir has voiced Israel`s readiness to assist Egypt and Ethiopia reach agreement over the latter`s construction of a multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam on the Nile River.
According to Ethiopia`s state-run news agency, Shamir made the remarks at a Thursday meeting in Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn.
The agency did not specify how Israel intends to assist both countries in ironing out their differences over the dam.
Addis Ababa insists the new dam will benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, both of which will be invited to purchase electricity thus generated.
Ethiopia`s Foreign Ministry, for one, welcomed Israel`s offer.
“Any country like Israel may raise such idea and Ethiopia appreciates this,” Jemal Beker, director of Middle East affairs at the ministry, told Anadolu Agency.(tadids)

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