Egypt warns Ethiopia Nile dam dispute ‘life or death’

File photo, Egyptian fishermen row on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)
Updated 18 November 2017
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Egypt warns Ethiopia Nile dam dispute ‘life or death’

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, for the second time in as many days, has delivered a stern warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building after the two countries along with Sudan failed to approve a study on its potential effects.
Ethiopia is finalizing construction of Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile. Egypt fears that will cut into its water supply.
Cairo said last week that the three countries had failed to approve an initial study by a consultancy firm on the dam’s potential effects on Egypt and Sudan.
Ethiopia has repeatedly reassured Egypt, but Cairo’s efforts to engage in closer coordination have made little headway.
El-Sisi sought to reassure Egyptians in televised comments Saturday, but stressed that “water is a matter of life or death.”


Reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero is a ‘political bluff’ by US -official

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Reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero is a ‘political bluff’ by US -official

  • US administration has been pushing its allies to cut Iranian oil imports
  • US sanctions on Iranian oil exports are due to kick in on Nov. 4

A claim by the United States to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero is a “political bluff” the head of the state-run National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Ali Kardor, was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency on Wednesday.
US officials have said they aim to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero in an effort to force its leaders to change their behavior in the region. US sanctions on Iranian oil exports are due to kick in on Nov. 4.
“[US President Donald] Trump started efforts to reduce Iran’s oil exports from months ago and it’s not like we should think that he will do something special on November fourth,” Kardor said. “The president of America has done whatever he can and he knows very well that getting Iran’s oil exports to zero was a political bluff.”
The US administration has been pushing its allies to cut Iranian oil imports and encouraging Saudi Arabia, other OPEC states and Russia to pump more oil to meet any shortfall.