The GERD and the War in Libya, which way for Egypt? | RB

File photo: Egyptian Air force during an exercise.

Egypt, a country that is widely perceived as a super power in the horn of Africa and second in military might in Africa, after South Africa, is caught in a geopolitical quagmire.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the war in Libya have left Egypt in some state of confusion. In one hand, Egypt is worried about the filling of the Ethiopian Mega Dam and in the other hand, the Eastern Parliament cleared Egypt to intervene militarily against the Turkish backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Egypt backs Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA) to fight against the Turkish backed GNA.

Last month, Abdel Fattah Al Sisi alerted his air force to be ready for missions abroad.

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The GERD is something that very much bothers Egypt and that its filling is said by the Egyptian authorities that it will starve the country as a result of water level falls.

The Blue Nile dam has been creating tensions between Ethiopia and Egypt which many analysts see as it could lead to a regional war among the Nile Basin Countries.

Though negotiations have been going on, both Egypt and Ethiopia stand firm on their positions over the filling of the dam.

These two geopolitical scenarios have engulfed Egypt and the question is, which way for Egypt?

Giving attention to Libyan war would mean neglecting Ethiopian Dam and Giving attention to Ethiopian Dam, the role in Libyan war would take a serious turn. Perhaps Egypt can handle both but for now, Egypt is in a full confusion and any decision that is miscalculated could have serious consequences on the future of the country.

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