Relations With Egypt

Historical background and problems regarding the relations

From its inception, the Egyptian civilisation is based on the waters of the Nile. Not less than 85% of the water that enters Egypt originates from Ethiopia. It can therefore be said that from the very beginning, the two countries have been intimately linked by nature. The problem Ethiopia faces regarding the use of the Nile's waters is principally a problem with Egypt. Due to the influence of Egypt in the Arab world,the issue of the Nile also affects Ethiopia's relations with other countries. When extremism gains ground in Egypt, the relations with Ethiopia are aggravated even more. Needless to say, a fair amount of ignorance has also contributed to this problematic relationship.