No plans to harm Egypt, Ethiopia tells Kerry

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Addis Ababa, 5 May 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopia has delivered assurances to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that its development projects do not aim to harm Egypt, an Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Saturday.


Speaking to private radio station Sheger FM, Dina Mufti said that Kerry had talked about the importance of cooperation between Egypt and Ethiopia.


He said that Addis Ababa had assured Kerry that its development projects do not aim to cause harm to either Egypt or other countries.


The spokesman went on to say that Ethiopia assured Kerry, who concluded a three-day visit to Addis Ababa on Saturday that the Ethiopian projects will benefit other countries.


Ethiopia is determined to build a series of dams in order to generate electricity, both for local consumption and export.


Addis Ababa says the new dam will benefit downstream states Sudan and Egypt, which will be invited to purchase electricity thus generated. (World Bulletin)


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