Ethiopia hires US lobby firm amid Nile dam dispute, domestic tensions

The dam, entitled the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), has been the centre of an international dispute, as a series of talks between the three nations involved have faltered, despite African Union (AU) meditation.

Last week, the US State Department announced it would cut $100m in foreign assistance to Ethiopia, in response to authorities there unilaterally filling GERD reservoir.

According to documents filed on 30 June with the US Department of Justice, of which Daily News Egypt have obtained a copy, the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC has signed a three-month contract, worth $130,000, with Indiana-based law firm Barnes & Thornburg. The filing was signed by Ronnie L. Miller, who serves as federal compliance counsel for the firm.

Miller’s bio on the firm’s website notes, “He actively assists clients in their federal government relations needs, including advocating for client interests with members and staff of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Executive Office of the President, and the Office of the Vice President, as well as numerous federal agencies.”

Will the Ethios get their American aid money back? Or is Egypt more valuable to the US? It seems like Ethiopia has bitten more than it can chew since China has a lot invested in Egypt(they are finacing and practically building Sisi's new capital).

Interesting times ahead.
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The problem with this idiots is they don't realise that it's all about China and nothing about Egypt.

Whether they pay the lobby groups or not it doesnt matter.

As long as China has extended its hands to influence Ethiopia the West particularly US will try chop that hand.


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