US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will visit Cairo today, Wednesday, to discuss support for the Libyan elections and regional security, “including the Horn of Africa,” according to what the White House announced.
The Libyan elections are part of a road map prepared last year at a political forum called by the United Nations to end the decade-old crisis, but differences over the elections threaten to undermine the peace process.
In the Horn of Africa, the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a priority. In a new statement, Sudanese Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas affirmed on Tuesday his country’s commitment to reaching a “binding legal agreement” to ensure the exchange of data and information that secures the Roseires Dam and “the lives of millions” on the banks of the Blue Nile.
A ministry statement quoted Abbas as saying, during his meeting with the Australian ambassador to Sudan, Glenn Miles, that Sudan “is directly affected by the Renaissance Dam, especially the unilateral filling decisions for the second year in a row.”
The minister added that “the continuation of construction operations of the Renaissance Dam in the absence of a binding legal agreement poses a direct threat to Sudan.”
The US statement stated that Sullivan “will discuss Egypt’s role in promoting security and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians, after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s recent visit to Egypt.”
The statement revealed that Sullivan will host Israeli National Security Adviser Eyal Holata in Washington on October 5 for further discussions.
Sullivan is visiting Saudi Arabia and the UAE this week, accompanied by the US special envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, and Biden’s envoy to the Middle East, Brett McGurk.