The UN Security Council is considering a French-led resolution that would overhaul the arms embargo regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Paris has had to revise its initial plan in the face of reluctance from London and Washington.
The vice-president of the Sudanese sovereignty council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, aka Hemeti, and President Abdel Fattah al-Burhan have been on a round of trips abroad. Each is trying to establish himself as the sole interlocutor for the country's main partners.
With grain shipments in the Black Sea becoming impossible, large and small suppliers of both millers and state agencies are having to adapt to meet their requirements. At the same time, prices are exploding, which may be a double-edged sword.
Just as Ali Bongo is scheduled to attend the EU-AU summit in Brussels on 17 February, organised by the French president's office, his inner circle has been summoned by the French judge who is investigating the imprisonment of his former chief of staff, Brice Laccruche, who holds French citizenship.
After several years of mutual distrust, Paris and Libreville are entering a phase of unprecedentedly calm waters, thanks in large part to the efforts of France. And as Gabon takes up its two-year seat on the UN Security Council, the immediate future of the relationship looks rosy.
Libreville has beefed up its diplomatic presence in New York for the coming two years. Led by Michel Xavier Biang, Gabon's UN mission has seen the arrival of diplomats trained by former prime minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet.