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Senior Sudanese Official Says Khartoum, Tel Aviv Held Indirect Talks in Abu Dhabi

Senior Sudanese Official Says Khartoum, Tel Aviv Held Indirect Talks in Abu Dhabi

Saturday, 26 September, 2020 - 06:45
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) poses for a picture with Sudan's Sovereign Council chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Khartoum (Photo: AFP)

A senior Sudanese official revealed that indirect talks took place between the Sudanese government and an Israeli official in Abu Dhabi during recent high-level meetings held between the US and the government in the UAE.

Last week, Washington and the Sudanese government met in Abu Dhabi to discuss Khartoum’s agreeing to normalize relations with Tel Aviv in return for removing it from the State Department’s list of sponsors of terrorism and a package of $7 billion in financial assistance.

"The ministerial delegation that led the negotiations did not reach a final agreement on delisting Sudan and signing a peace agreement with Israel, noting that talks are still ongoing," said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

He also said that Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was informed about all the details of the talks with the US and Israeli sides.

However, several members of the Sudanese ruling coalition parties oppose any normalization with Israel.

Member of the Forces for Freedom and Change FFC Kamal Boulad said the council would ask for a trilateral meeting including the Sovereignty Council and the cabinet to discuss details of talks held with the US administration and the reports regarding normalizing ties with Israel.

Boulad reiterated the position of his coalition and Hamdok’s government concerning those developments.

“The Transitional Government is not delegated to decide on the issue of normalization with Israel. This is the position that was conveyed to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last August,” he noted.

The Sudanese transitional government said earlier that the negotiations confirmed Sudan’s support for the Arab-Israeli peace agreements and considered them a path to stability in the region.

Boulad warned the Transitional Government from reaching a normalization deal with Israel before gaining a full Sudanese consent.

For his part, Arab Socialist Baath Party leader Adil Khalafallah said Sudan has no interest in repeating the “failed” experiments of normalization with Israel.

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