President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has deployed his ambassador Osama Abdel Khalek to protect himself against any accusations of partiality towards the Oromo guerilla movement that is waging an armed campaign against the Ethiopian government.
The pan-African organization has been struggling for a month to resolve the clash between Cairo and Addis Ababa. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi does not want to see Ethiopia have free rein in the management of Nile dam, but Abiy Ahmed Ali is refusing to accept any outside interference.
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.