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The Takeaway: Sudan playing increasingly pivotal role in Middle East

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is in Riyadh for talks with the Saudi crown prince on Red Sea Security; Yazidi slave trade suggests Islamic State presence in Turkey; Erdogan’s mission impossible in dealing with the S-400; more!
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on February 8, 2021. - Sudan's ruling body said today it would announce a new cabinet to include ex-rebel chiefs as ministers, following a peace deal in October aimed to end decades of war. Hamdok dissolved the cabinet the previous day to make way for a more inclusive lineup, with the new government expected to bring in seven ministers from former rebel groups. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP) (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP via G

Hot take: Egypt, Israel, US, Saudi Arabia all banking on Sudan

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi was in Sudan Saturday, yet another sign of Sudan’s increasingly pivotal role in the region.

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