Ethiopia denies signing deal on construction of pipeline

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at State House in Nairobi on June 23, 2016. PHOTO | PSCU

What you need to know:

  • The country’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas denied inking a formal agreement on the construction of the pipeline, despite the announcement of the same by State House in Nairobi.
  • According to the minister, Kenya had presented the idea of a pipeline to his government, with Addis Ababa agreeing to assess its potential before committing to constructing it.

The Ethiopian government has clarified that an oil pipeline deal it signed with Kenya was only a commitment by both sides to assess the feasibility of the project, an Ethiopian newspaper reported on Saturday.

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