With the United States, France and the United Kingdom all vying to become the partner of choice of the new regime in Sudan, the American development agency USAID, which was to select and finance an advisory bank to assist Sudan in restructuring its debt, has fluffed its lines and the tender call currently remains in limbo.
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.
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.
Despite months of lobbying, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has failed to convince the president of Sudan's Sovereign Council to recognise Israel or support the Middle East peace plan concocted by Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.