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Sisi's African offensive
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. © Ahmed Jalil/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP

Sisi's African offensive

With the civil war in Libya and the fall of Omar Al Bechir's regime in Sudan, Cairo is having to resume a more active role in African affairs extending beyond the issue of water rights on the Nile, which until recently were Egypt's primary focus on the continent. As a result, Egypt's 45 embassies in Africa have been tasked by President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to conduct a number of military, hydroelectric and economic cooperation projects in east and central Africa. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam remains, nevertheless, a major concern (see our running story).

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