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Ethiopia: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry Rebuffs Statements Made Against the Renaissance Dam
Source: Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Bilateral Affairs, Ambassador Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Jandan has dismissed statements made criticizing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). In a discussion with Ethiopian diplomats in Riyadh, Dr. Khalid said statements made against the GERD were not the policy of his government.
Citing the historic relations of the two countries, going back to the First Hijira when Ethiopia gave refuge to the family of the Prophet and his followers, Dr. Khalid denied recent media reports suggesting statements made against Ethiopia and the GERD might affect relations between the two countries. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 1st issued a statement on its website which strongly affirmed Saudi Arabia's close relationship with Ethiopia.
The statement emphasized relations with Ethiopia are based on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs and work to promote common interests in the service of both governments and their peoples. The Ministry said any statements suggesting the contrary do not reflect the official stance of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In his discussions,
Dr. Khalid also emphasized that the ministerial statement reflected the high regard Saudi Arabia accorded to its bilateral relations with Ethiopia. These, he noted, are based on the principles of mutual cooperation for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
The statement of Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Jandan was carried by the Saudi Arabian News Agency and in the Al Medina newspaper. It is to be recalled that Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Bin Khalid, made a comment in a Water Ministers' summit in Cairo that GERD might be detrimental to downstream countries, suggesting Ethiopia's legitimate development efforts were a political machination intended to harm Sudan and Egypt. The Ethiopian government strongly rejected the comment and asked for an official explanation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
We need good relations. But Saudi must not be silent when our citizens are called backward by Wayane officials for following the religion they love. If they do that, we have a right to call them barbaric and slow. We need full rights for Muslims as much as Christians. There is no excuse for Saudi to turn blind eye. Most of its investments come form Muslim areas, and if they are coward to Warn openly about the crimes of our own Citizens then we will be turning against Saudis.
Let there be peace.
Gragn Ahmed: you are really immature person because you made two extremely big mistakes in your comments.
1. you thought Saudi Arabia has power on Ethiopia and you beg the country to oppose the government position on our brothers Islam questions.
2. You thought Christians has better freedom than Islam and you have no clue about your country and you share the Egyptian imam idea that says “christian government”
overall if you share the Egyptian Imam idea and need freedom do not think no one follow you.
The fact is they failed to accomplish their main objective now it’s about face saving and face reality the right way.
Dear Gragn Achmed sorry I meant Abu Gragn Achmed you were on wrong side and it’s a time to move on the right way the game is over. Ethiopia interest is protected forever. It’s better for you to to Egypt and introduce them the art of real libration from such mess,
Without the two holy places of Makkah and Medina and Petro dollar, Saudi Arabia would have been as irrelevant country as Afghanistan or Mongolia.
This is a country of 15000 corrupt princes and princesses. They only survived because of the support they receive from the west. Otherwise, Saddam Hussein’s army would have showed up in Riyadh in a few days with little no resistance and probably got rid of their corrupt leaders for good. They are not even the legimate rulers of Hejaz. which incorporate Mekkah and Medina. The Jordanian King probably has more legitimacy that the Saudi Royal family. The British gave them control over the whole area just like British gave custody of Palestine to Israel after WWII.
This is diplomatic answer.The real stand of Saudi and other Arab countries on Nile issue is what Saudi deputy defense minister said.Our relation with Arab state should have to be with Prudent.
@Girany ahmed , i what world is saudi a supper power? Or an example for democray? You moron! Ask your ‘holy muslims’ in saudi arabia to treat Africann maids and immigrants humanly, that will give a sense and forget the infulence of these barberic satans
“We need full rights for Muslims as much as Christians. There is no excuse for Saudi to turn blind eye.”
Yes, ended. Christians must have full rights in Saudi, too. They must be allowed to build churches, dress as Christians, live as Christians, pray as Christians, eat and fast as Christians, celebrate holidays as Christians and must have all the rights as Christians and human in the 21-century they deserve. Instead we know how they are treating Ethiopians in their country including the domestic girls and women that are trusting them and working for them while living at home with them. But, trusting and believing them is the worst mistake any normal human is doing.
So, instead of secretly financing and supporting wahabi terrorists that are behaving like trained animals to the masters, Saudi and others need to see and solve the right ways about the life people are living in their country including Christians, Hindu, Buda, Jewish and the likes.
Ethiopia doesn’t need any Arab money in the name of investment. Today’s world is suffering not with shortage of money but because of tooooo much money and lack of investment opportunities. Ethiopia needs to intensify having investment and working and benefiting together relations with countries have knowledge and are ready to transfer that knowledge.
Therefore; instead of paper money, Ethiopia needs knowledge and allowing investing in the country only those peaceful people but not those would be the worst danger to our nation in the future while today they are coming in the name of investment.
China, Japan, Korea, Russia and some European nations are suffering from what to do with trillions of dollars and so developed knowledge and skill they have. They are just looking to invest and use their skill and Ethiopia needs to have the best relation with those nations rather than Saudi, gulf, Turkey (the known Arab colonizer and disaster to the region for more than 500 years) and the likes. The Arabs/Muslims are not coming only with investment reason but using investment as a reason to affect the nation badly in the long run.
They went to Europe as guest laborers and flooding everyday there as family reunion and immigrants. But with in less than 40 years, Europe is suffering as a result and they don’t know how to deal with it.
Not because of they are getting money without doing anything but foreign companies and workers are digging their sand and selling Gas and oil with billions, makes them human. Instead that seems is taking their humanity away. Any nation that is thinking about its future, will never ever allow the Saudis, Gulf and others including Turkey to come in the country as they wish using investment as a reason. Iran deserves much trust and respect than them. We know who is behind about the Muslims behavior in Ethiopia never ever was the case before but since the oil is discovered in the desert and they became rich with paper money. They are not only badly polluting the earth environment to get money but also polluting the human relationship in the name of their religion.
There is a 1000 year ago saying
“The Arabs will be suffered with the very low process long term suffering that would lead to their defeat with the reason coming within themselves and their sand. Trillions of small Black insects will come out from the ground and will invade their desert and would destroy everything in the desert including religion symbols.”
The story is continuing saying lots about these kind insects or a big dark silver color big will come from the west to destroy them. It is clear the insects are Oil and gas. People think oil and gas is benefiting them. May be materially. But as human, they are not there anymore and they will not be in the future either but getting worse every day fastening their disappearance. The dark silver bird could be weapons including the rocket and juts they are buying from the west worth billions. Ask a wise Arab, and will tell you about it. It was said 1000 years ago before oil and gas is discovered and heavy weapons are made
Ethiopia must aware about the Arabs presence in the country. From experience all over the world is known, no nation benefits but suffer as a result when the Arabs are coming around. Think about it. The world is full of money and knowledge. Be smart, self confidence, wise, determine, strong and have good relation with good nations we know them and they are plenty.
Assta B. Gettu utterly opposes the existence of Muslim and Islam. This good relationship between Ethiopia and the Arab causes a headache to him.
Now we know the KSA is like the Palestinian Authority/state where each person and group is behaving as he wishes without regard of the central governments policy.
Two contradictory official statements are a sign of a confused state and a shame.
The suadi foreign minster already recall the Arabe league to act together but Saudi ambassador played an intlegence service to keep Ethiopians as it goes
During this event, Woyane as ethiopian government failed to claim for his citizen tortuted by savegies in suadi Arabia . What ever it keeps silent to hide the corruption , this diplomacy never continue for further
Time moves on. It is a fact that the Arab nations will not have oil forever. There will come a time when they will be begging for food and they will turn to Ethiopia. This is not my nationalism talking-it’s a fact.
Ethiopian effort to get energy using water power is a lesson for nuclear seekers nations.very peaceful and natural.
Woyane never demand explanation and better treatment for Ethiopians. In fact in the midst of this ordeal and other internal evicting Amharas from homes Woyane has secured additional deal with Alamoudi to sell more fertile land.
So here goes again for Woyane and the spineless Hailemariam. The land grab deal might even include an agreement for a joint torture on our citizens in Saudi Arabia as well as in Ethiopia.
I am amazed by how fast the development in the country is moving. Meles is by far the best leader that happened to Ethiopia and even for africa. I am so devestated when I learned that he passed away so soon. His legasy lives and I hope and pray for his followers keep the same path and bring our mother land out of poverty and one of the best place to live in. Please all my fellow diasporas Pull yourself together abandon your patetic hatrate and be part of the history in the making. If not just shut the f up and live your patetic life. Love Ethiopia and EPRDF. Hell to the enemies from the middle east and north Africa!
I see the editors start editing postings. Good.I am for it provided it is fair and give everyone a chance to say their opinion in a civilized manner.
At least we don’t have to See extremists like lunatic deptera Assta defecating and vomiting all over. eww
I don’t think so.Have you read today’s New York times Business section under the headline “Saudi Foothold in Texas” written by Clifford Krause.You will find their future safety net with their Wahhabism.
I have passed through all the comments posted above but nothing is there except insulting which is a symbol of backwardness and illiteracy. I found that some people are thinking like the people who were in stone age period eventhough we are in the twenty first century.
If the Saudis have made such statement is just simply they have got the proper assurance from the HMD evil Administration ,the Submission of the Agazi bandits .Afterall for these bandits ,Emirs moneys have no smell even stinking . The other reason ,they are also on the eve to accept Egyptian Conditions on the Building of the Fake Renaissance Dam .They have already realised ,that the Fake Bond selling
and the Teeny Diaspora’s Contributions can no more be helpful on the feasability of the Fake and Virtual project .
It is true the Renaissance dam is as dangerous as a hydrogen bomb is, that kinky nose arab is right on this regard, only on this regard which is the threat the Renaissance dam posed on Sudan and Egypt. It is a medium range missile with nuclear war head. By the way I like this soldiers nose it looks like the right side of the Renaissance dam itself if his nose holes were doubled.
It is again true that this is exactly what Egypt thinks, that coward solider is a mouth piece of Egypt.
Ethiopia is a wise country she knows what she is doing, the safety of the dam ones constructed is upon Sudan and Egypt. The dam will hold 67 billion cubic meters of water at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level Al Khartoum Al Sudan being as low as 382 meters altitude lol
This is what we call the first black African medium range nuclear head missile.
Ones we build the dam and fill it with water, then we will start to think how the dress wearing Sudan should behave, the first thing the Ethiopian Defense Forces must do is a cross border raid and engagement, and arrest the Rashaida tribe all hierarchy of leaders and tried them in the court of law in Addis Ababa for Kidnapping, extortion, ransom, rape, torture, organ stealing, slavery, murder and genocide of the Habesha people.
The Renaissance dan must be completed as scheduled and the Rashaida tribe in Sudan must be punished.
Punish the Rashida!
It is a matter of whose statement you give more weight to: a statement by a deputy defense minister and a prince, or to a statement by an under-secretary. The Saudi’s don’t have to worry explaining themselves, Ethiopian’s know where their (Saudis’)heart is. If they want good relations with Ethiopia, they can start by treating our sisters and brothers whom they treat so badly.
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