Cut of Electricity Supply from Sudan due to Shortage of Rains and not Political: Ethiopian Diplomat

By: Muawad – Al-Sammani

Khartoum – Amid spiritual Ramadan atmosphere and the attendance of distinguished media leaders, the Ethiopian Embassy in Khartoum organized its annual Iftar which reflects the deep-rooted Sudanese/Ethiopian relations.
In his welcome speech, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Khartoum H.E. Shiferaw Jarso expressed his happiness to the change in Sudan. He affirmed his country monitoring the situation in Sudan very closely, adding that Ethiopia respects the desire of the Sudanese people without interference in its internal affairs.
Jarso refuted the allegations on the cut of electricity supply from Ethiopian to Sudan, affirming that the reason is the shortage of rains which caused shortages in generation, hence cut of power from several areas in Ethiopia and difficulty in exporting electricity to Sudan.
He expressed his aspiration to resume proving Sudan with electricity from Ethiopia after the good start of the rainy season, affirming that Ethiopia lost USS80 million due to the cut of power supply from Sudan.
Jarso said that the relations between the two countries are deep-rooted and not affected by the change of the regimes.
On the power generation from the GERD, the Ambassador said that the production of the dam will start within one or one and half year from now after the work reached advanced stages.
He affirmed that the joint security committee between the two countries held a meeting two months ago to work out a plan to prevent any security violation on the borders.

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