Sudan Shifts Alliance From Egypt To Ethiopia Over Nile Dispute

Since 1959, Sudanese politicians have sided with Egypt when negotiating with  other African countries about Nile water rights. Similarly, Sudanese politicians  based in Khartoum have looked north and east to their Arab neighbors for  political, cultural, military and financial support. How then do we explain the  statements in June and July 2013 by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and  Irrigation and Agriculture Minister Abdul Halim al-Mutafi that Sudan supports  the construction of the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam over the objections of  the country’s Egyptian allies? To understand the strengthening of Sudan’s  alliance with Ethiopia and its increased distance from Egypt, it is necessary to look both  at the events of the past few months and at the partition in 2011. Read more

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