Egypt is preparing a major conference on water issues in Cairo in October with several African heads of state. Its aim is to find new markets for Egyptian companies but also allies to help it block next year's planned third filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
A UN Security Council meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is being held in New York this Thursday, at Tunisia's request. Egypt is pushing hard for the adoption of a resolution on the issue, despite a lack of consensus between the council's African members.
Emirati Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed has already offered to mediate between Sudan and Ethiopia in their dispute over the Al Fashaqa border region. He is now hoping to use his influence over the Egyptian, Sudanese, and Ethiopian regimes to try to resolve their thorny conflict over the Grand Renaissance Ethiopian Dam.