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Will Egypt attack Ethiopia?

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has threatened Ethiopia as it insists on filling a controversial Nile dam.

Egypt’s share of the Nile River’s water is “untouchable” and if that supply is affected by the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance dam, there will be “severe regional consequences”.

That is the warning from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi whose country is in a years-long dispute with Ethiopia over the hydropower project.

Ethiopia is building the $5bn mega-dam on the Blue Nile River.

Talks to resolve the standoff have stalled. Ethiopia started to fill the dam’s reservoir last year with no deal in place.

So does this mean el-Sisi will go to war? Has diplomacy run out?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra


William Davison – senior Ethiopia analyst at International Crisis Group

Goitom Gebreluel – political analyst focusing on the Horn of Africa

Allam Ahmed – World Association for Sustainable Development president