After years of regional mediation, the UAE has gone silent on Sudan. The Emirati ambassador in Khartoum, Hamad Mohammed Hamid Salem Al Junaibi, has not been involved with the international groups facilitating exchanges between Sudanese civilians and military for months.
The heated Nile dam dispute is still top of Gedu Andargachew's list of concerns. The Ethiopian foreign minister took advantage of the presence of his envoys in Addis to add muscle to his diplomatic blitz.
With negotiations on the huge dam on the Nile about to resume, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew is taking advantage of discussions on Ethiopia's much praised handling of the Covid-19 pandemic to convince potential allies of the well-foundedness of its position on the dam project.
The Ethiopian prime minister is leaving nothing to chance as he plots his path to victory in the general election, which should take place at some point later this year. He is relying in particular on allies with a sound technical grasp of Ethiopia's electoral system and its political landscape.