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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).

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. © Ahmed Jalil/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP
EGYPT HORN OF AFRICA Diplomacy 14/02/2022
Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi (right) welcomed his Djiboutian counterpart Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (IOG) in Cairo, 7 February 2022.
Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi (right) welcomed his Djiboutian counterpart Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (IOG) in Cairo, 7 February 2022. © Presidency of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Abdelfattah al-Sisi's very personal diplomacy in the Horn 

The Egyptian president snubbed an African Union summit and instead attended the Beijing Olympics in the company of his financial sponsor, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. Sisi is continuing his strategy of encircling his Ethiopian rival and consolidating his position in Sudan and Djibouti. [...]

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