Egypt Expresses Disappointment After Saudi Officials Visit Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam
Egyptian media lashed out at Saudi Arabia following a high-level Saudi delegation’s visit to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during a trip to Ethiopia on Friday. Experts said the decision to visit the GERD was an act of revenge against Egypt, and could deepen tensions between the two countries.
Ahmed al-Khateeb, a senior adviser at the Saudi royal court and board chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), visited the site and met Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other officials to discuss the GERD’s construction.
Khateeb’s trip came after the Saudi agriculture minister visited Ethiopia last week, making it the second visit by a Saudi official to Addis Ababa in less than a week.
On Saturday, Egyptian news commentator Mohamed Ali Khayr called on Riyadh to “review its policies before it can only blame itself for what ensues.”
“Egypt is not obliged to continue to contain its reactions towards Saudi Arabia… any interference [by Saudi Arabia] in the GERD project implies a direct threat to Egypt’s national security,” he said on Egyptian TV.