As Ethiopia prepares for the third filling of the Renaissance Dam, Egypt's diplomatic corps is taking action to keep Sudan on its side. It has come to Gen. Al Burhan's aid in Khartoum, where negotiations between the government and military have reached an impasse.
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.
Soon after Sheikh Shakhboot became the Emirati minister for African affairs in February last year he took on the hot potato of Ethiopia's vast GERD dam. This gives the young diplomat a perfect opportunity to demonstrate his abilities on an issue that affects two of the UAE's traditional allies.
As Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan becomes a major diplomatic player in Ethiopia and Sudan, Cairo is increasingly concerned that its main diplomatic and financial partner in the Gulf is veering radically away from its own positions.