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Sudan Abolishes Israel Boycott Law

Sudan Abolishes Israel Boycott Law

Wednesday, 21 April, 2021 - 05:15
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a Reuters interview in Khartoum, Sudan August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudan’s ruling sovereignty council and cabinet has voted to abolish the Israel boycott law as part of the normalization of ties between the two countries.

While Sudan and Israel announced they would normalize ties in October, Khartoum’s government had said a final decision would rest with a transitional parliament.

Member of Sudan's Sovereign Council Mohamed Alfaki Suleiman said that annulling the law is the fruitful result of long discussions at the council and the cabinet.

The decision to scrap the 1958 law was confirmed earlier this month by the Sudanese prime minister’s office, which said ministers also affirmed Sudan’s support for the establishment of a Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution.

The law, which has been in force since 1958, prohibited establishing relations with Israel and outlawed business with citizens of Israel as well as business relationships with Israeli companies or companies with Israeli interests.

Last October, Sudan accepted normalization with Israel after pressure from the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

The African country agreed to recognize Israel in exchange for its removal from the US list of countries that sponsor terrorism. Sudan joined the Abraham Accords in January.

The settlement would enable Sudan's government to have access to more than $1 billion of grants annually from the World Bank.

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