Negotiations stall between Khartoum and Darfur militia in Libya
Discussions between the military power in Khartoum and militia groups in Darfur have been spinning out of control for several months. They are now even further from a resolution.
As part of the ceasefire agreement in Libya, which includes the departure of foreign fighters, the last Dafuri contingents still in the country are now having to negotiate their return to Sudan. The success of the process will depend on international backers, which for the moment remain frozen.
As Ethiopia prepares for the third filling of the Renaissance Dam, Egypt's diplomatic corps is taking action to keep Sudan on its side. It has come to Gen. Al Burhan's aid in Khartoum, where negotiations between the government and military have reached an impasse.
When he ousted the prime minister on 25 October, General al-Burhan chose to keep on board the government members of the rebel groups signatory to the Juba agreement, whose presence is proving troublesome for the prime minister as he picks out a new team.
Sudan, whose federalism has until now remained largely theoretical, is working to grant fiscal and budgetary autonomy to a set of newly drawn regions. This is one of the projects that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok plans to present to donors next week in Paris.
On 4 March, in a decision validated by the Sudanese courts and likely to echo throughout the Persian Gulf and the Middle East, the management of the assets of real estate company Al Rawad was formally entrusted to the Sudanese government's ministry of finance lead by Gibril Ibrahim.
Following the Cairo visit of the president of the Sudanese transition Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, Egyptian intelligence has opened a military liaison bureau in Khartoum. The stated objective is to prevent any Islamist rearguard action against the transitional government.
The lifting of US sanctions on Sudan will open the way to bilateral cooperation, not least in the military domain. And time is of the essence: despite the peace deal, there is friction between the various militia groups that will make up the future Sudanese army.
Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir seems to change his allies more frequently than his shirts. No sooner had he distanced himself from Iran's theocratic regime than he reached out to the monarchies of the Gulf States, taking full advantage of their