Egypt's top GERD specialist heads to Abu Dhabi
Egypt has a knack for picking its best diplomats to tackle the challenges at hand, as illustrated by its latest choice of new ambassador to the UAE.
With the Ethiopian rainy season approaching and the third-stage filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) reservoir announced, a new period of tension between Egypt, and the Blue Nile neighbouring countries of Ethiopia and Sudan is looming.
Faced with a tense food situation and the lukewarm success of their agricultural projects in Africa, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar have fallen back on commodities traders such as Louis Dreyfus and Olam. They are also using the traders' Dubai-based teams to help Egypt and other friendly nations struggling.
With only a few months to go before the dam's third reservoir is filled over the next rainy season, the pressure is weighing on the Senegalese president's shoulders. Sall, who is also the chairman of the Africa Union, knows his input on the decade-old thorny issue will be particularly scrutinised.
Living in the UAE since his withdrawal from power in January, Abdalla Hamdok, who was twice prime minister of the president of the Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, is being pushed intensively by the strong man of Abu Dhabi as the key to a new Sudanese line-up.
After having actively backed General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan's coup on 25 October, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are working to have it accepted by the international community. In Sudan itself, they put pressure on former prime minister Abdallah Hamdok to return to his post.