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Ethiopia rejects ‘irresponsible statement’ attributed to Egyptian FM threatening Ethiopia with ‘all options are open’ declaration

Addis Ababa, March 16, 2023 (FBC) – In its official statement released today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia rejected the “irresponsible statement” attributed to the Foreign Minister of Egypt threatening Ethiopia with yet another ‘all options are open’ declaration.

Such a threat constitutes a flagrant breach of the United Nations Charter and Constitutive Act of the African Union, the statement noted.

This also stands as a clear violation of the Agreement on the Declaration of Principles on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) signed on 23 March 2015 between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan. Egypt must cease its callous and unlawful pronouncements, the Ministry said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called upon all concerned actors to take note of Egypt’s flagrant violation of principles of international relations, underscoring that no interest can be advanced through threats and intimidation.

If approached in good faith and with full respect for principles of international law, amicable solution between the three countries is within reach in the negotiations under the auspices of the African Union, MFA Ethiopia stated.

“Yet again, Ethiopia reiterates its calls on the parties to re-engage the African Union platform and reach a negotiated solution on the GERD. On its part, Ethiopia remains committed to a win-win settlement of this matter”, the statement further noted.

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