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China appoints envoy for Horn of Africa

China’s announcement of an envoy to the troubled Horn of Africa raised questions about the effectiveness of the Chinese role in resolving regional conflicts, especially the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis, which is still a subject of tension and disagreement between Cairo, Khartoum and Addis Ababa.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves as he arrives at the Sarova Whitesands Hotel for a bilateral meeting with Kenyan officials led by his Kenyan counterpart, Raychelle Omamo, Mombasa, Kenya, Jan. 6, 2022.

CAIRO — China has recently announced the appointment of a special envoy to the Horn of Africa. “To share political consensus and to coordinate actions, China will appoint a special envoy of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Horn of Africa,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a press conference in Mombasa Jan. 6. 

Wang’s announcement came during an African tour that included Kenya, which is deploying diplomatic efforts to halt the war in Ethiopia, Eritrea, which played a clear and open role in supporting the Ethiopian government in the Tigray war, and Comoros.

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