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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s first months in charge have been marked by hectic regional diplomacy that points to a realignment of ties that, in part, reflect the tensions surrounding water use along the Nile, as well as the benefits of closer integration. This has included Ethiopia agreeing three potentially major maritime transport deals: to jointly develop Port Sudan with Sudan; to take a stake in Djibouti’s largest trading port; and to acquire land at Kenya’s Lamu Port.