Samuel Warberg, the regional spokesman of the US Department of State, stated that the US supports the right of the Egyptians and the US does not question Egypt’s right to the Nile water, and acknowledges that the Nile water is of vital importance for Egypt
Speaking to the Egypt-based DMC channel, Warberg emphasized that the US is making efforts to reach an agreement that will regulate the rights of the Nile water on three sides of Egypt, in the context of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). In this context, Warberg announced that the US ambassador to the Horn of Africa has been appointed to restart negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement on GERD.
Warberg also made statements about the Palestinian and Israel issue. He stated that the United States will provide humanitarian aid to Palestine and will continue negotiations with the Palestinians. Warberg added that the United States has shared strategic cultural, political and military relations with Egypt dating back 40 years.
Expressing his hope that US President Joe Biden will visit Egypt and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will visit the US, he announced that the two countries will make mutual visits in the coming period. Warberg stated that Egypt plays an important role in the region, adding that the US appreciates Egypt’s role in maintaining stability and reaching a ceasefire in Libya.
Ethiopia plans to start the second filling phase of GERD during the rainy season in July and August. This situation exacerbates the crisis of sharing the Nile water between Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia.
Egypt and Sudan condemn Ethiopia’s action due to the lack of a binding agreement between the three countries. Egypt and Sudan demand that the agreement regulates the filling and operation process of the dam in a way that ensures the water rights of the two countries and prevents Ethiopia from unilaterally controlling the flow of water to the downstream countries.