New investment minister Al-Hadi Mohamed takes on push-me-pull-you role
Sudan's minister of investment and international cooperation Al-Hadi Mohamed Ibrahim will have to accept a few contradictions in order to carry out his new role.
The prime minister's recent visits to Cairo and Riyadh were in part intended to enable Sudan to move forward on its debt. At a time when the country's finances are at their worst, Khartoum is grappling with the opposing forces of citizens' discontent and external pressure to carry out unpopular reforms.
As Israel and Egypt quickly cosy up to Khartoum, they are both making separate efforts to access the archives of the National Intelligence and Security Service, which under ex-president Omar al-Bashir backed a range of Islamist groups.
Newly freed from the US sanctions that locked it out of the world's financial markets, Khartoum is set to make its international comeback. The next six months will see France, the UK, and the US jostle to become Sudan's leading partner, especially when it comes to debt restructuring.