Ambassador Abdullah Al-Ashaal, former assistant to the Egyptian Foreign Minister said that Egypt and Sudan must understand that Ethiopia will use the Renaissance Dam to annihilate these countries. He made these comments in an interview that aired on Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) on April 8, 2021. Al-Ashaal explained that the dam is a fait accompli, and the "annihilation phase" has begun. He said that Ethiopia is dragging Egypt and Sudan through futile negotiations, "just like Israel did to the Palestinians."
Abdullah Al-Ashaal: "[Egypt and Sudan] have been humiliated by Ethiopia. It walked all over the honor of these two countries. Ethiopia imposed its platform and its reality upon them. It dragged them to futile negotiations, just like Israel did to the Palestinians. The [Sudanese and Egyptian] governments need to understand that the annihilation phase has begun. The battle over the dam has been won by Ethiopia. Ethiopia will use the dam to annihilate Egypt and Sudan."