Egypt’s African outreach may not resolve GERD dispute, yet pay off on other fronts

By Hatem Maher
Posted on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 13:00

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during the opening session of the COP27 climate summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt . REUTERS

Egypt's relentless efforts to repair decades of distrust with fellow African countries might not be enough to stave off the effects of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam on its Nile river share, but forging closer ties on the continent remains of paramount importance.

A perceived superiority complex of the administration of former Egypt president Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted by a popular uprising in 2011, was widely blamed for leading to on-off Egyptian-African relations.