Ethiopia has 'no intention' of harm toward Egypt, Sudan with mega dam project: Abiy
Addressing the United Nations, Abiy raised the issue of the bitter water dispute that the three countries have so far failed to reach an agreement over.
Ethiopia began filling the reservoir behind the dam in July.
"I want to make it abundantly clear that we have no intention to harm these countries," he told the 193-member UN General Assembly in a video statement.
"We are steadfast in our commitment to addressing the concerns of downstream countries and reaching a mutually beneficial outcome in the context of the ongoing AU-led process," Nobel Peace Laureate Abiy said.
Negotiations have previously faltered over a demand from Egypt and Sudan that any deal should be legally binding, over the mechanism for resolving future disputes, and over how to manage the dam during periods of reduced rainfall or drought.
Egypt, which says it relies on the Nile for over 90% of its fresh water, has long expressed concern that the Grand Renaissance Dam will devestate its economy.
"The Nile River must not be monopolized by one state. For Egypt the Nile water is an existential matter. This, however, does not mean that we want to undermine the rights of our brothers and sisters, sharing with us the Nile basin," he said.
"Nevertheless, it is unacceptable for the negotiations to continue forever in an attempt to impose the realities on the ground," Sisi said.
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