The assistant of Sudanese President Al Bashir was quoted by the BBC saying that a crisis was looming in the Horn of Africa region:
The statement follows 2days of official visit by the Eritrean President in Egypt.
The meeting included closed door discussions between the two presidents including the issue of the Nile Dam and security in the Red Sea.
Ambassador Bassam Radhi, spokesman for the Presidency, said that at the start of the talks, President Afwerki welcomed Egypt’s keenness to consolidate strategic cooperation with Eritrea in various fields and to establish a sustainable partnership between the two countries.
The two sides agreed to continue their intensive coordination on all issues related to the current regional situation in order to strengthen security and stability in the region, especially in light of the importance of the Horn of Africa and its role in Eritrea, and the implications for the security of the Red Sea and the region, Bab al-Mandab, Egyptian media reported.
Ahram stated “they discussed enhancing bilateral relations as well as the latest developments in Nile Basin countries and the Horn of Africa.”
Aawsat.com stated that Egypt was seeking greater influence in the Horn via Eritrea, which is currently hosting several Arabian military forces:
According to observers who spoke to Asharq Al-Awsat, Egypt, through extensive cooperation with Eritrea, is seeking greater influence in the Horn of Africa, which is strategically important for its national security, with the growing Turkish and Qatari presence there, and the current tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan…Dr. Hani Raslan, head of the Sudan Studies and Nile Basin Unit at the Center for Political and Strategic Studies at Al Ahram, told Asharq Al-Awsat that Afewerki’s visit to Egypt is a recurring one, but this time it is particularly important given that there is a new change related to the security of the Red Sea , The Turkish emergence on the island of «Swakin» Sudanese, although it is a non-riparian state, and the subsequent alliance of Sudan – Qatar – Turkey, the fourth leg extends to the state of Ethiopia, which is involved in a dispute with Egypt related to the waters of the Nile.
Today, Ahram online
interviewed Egyptian experts about the Nile Dam deadlock who suggested that involvement of third parties or referring the issues to international organisations as the next possible solutions.
on the alignment and rivalries of Middle Eastern countries in the Horn has shown that their presence is going to make the political crises and situations in the region more worse.