Hemeti-Moscow honeymoon irks Cairo
The war in Ukraine has pushed Sudan's vice-president and Russia together, much to Egypt's dislike, whose government is concerned about a Russian base being set up on the Red Sea.
The Russian defence ministry's International Cooperation Directorate is preparing a trip to Sudan in a bid to renew ties with Khartoum despite its relative isolation on the international scene. Regardless of the military takeover, Moscow is still hoping to establish a naval base in the Red Sea.
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.
With two weeks to the presidential election to go, US President Trump has played his ace card to get Sudan to recognise Israel. Aware that the stakes go far beyond its borders, the Sudanese leaders remain divided.