Sudanese Minister of Justice Nasreddin Abdel Bari said that “the constitutional document does not prevent the establishment of relations with Israel,” stressing that the decision to normalize relations with Israel will bring many benefits to the Sudanese that have been agreed upon, while the US State Department announced financial aid to the Sudanese authorities to help overcome the repercussions of the floods The last that struck the country.
In August 2019, the Military Council (dissolved) and the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (the ruling coalition) signed the “Constitutional Declaration” and “Political Declaration” documents regarding structures and power-sharing in the transitional period, following the overthrow of the rule of former President Omar al-Bashir.
In a statement, Abdel-Bari said that the constitutional document does not place restrictions other than the interest, independence and balance in the government’s exercise of the authority to set and manage foreign policy, nor does it prevent the establishment of relations with Israel.
He pointed out that the transitional government is empowered, according to the ruling constitutional document, to administer foreign policy in a balanced and independent manner and in accordance with the interests of the Sudanese that change with changing times and circumstances.
The Sudanese minister emphasized that foreign policy should not be determined by ideological trends and convictions, individual or partisan, but only interests and interests, he said.
According to Abdel-Bari, the Sudanese government’s bias towards the interests of the Sudanese and its openness to Israel or any other country does not necessarily mean causing harm or harm to any other country.
On the other hand, Brigadier General Al-Taher Abu Hajjah, the media advisor to the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said that “what happened in terms of détente in Sudan’s external relations is not an uprooting of the identity nor a sale of the Palestinian cause, but it is the diligence of human beings and the estimates of a leader.”
Abu Hajjah added in an article on the Sudanese army’s website that separating normalization with Israel and removing Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism appears like separating the soul from the body, he said.
Abu Hajjah attacked those he described as “the great halakim”, saying that they want to obstruct the efforts of others, and that “Abd al-Fattah al-Burhan (Chairman of the Sovereignty Council) did not sell his hereafter as they claim, but politics is the art of the possible.”
The Foreign Minister-designate Omar Qamar al-Din said on Friday that the transitional government had agreed to normalize relations with Israel, explaining that “ratifying it remains the prerogative of the legislative bodies,” according to the official news agency.
Qamaruddin added that his country is hostile to those who are against it, and that its interests come first.
Thus, Sudan becomes the fifth Arab country to agree to a normalization agreement with Israel, after Egypt, Jordan, the Emirates and Bahrain.
Calls to demonstrate
On the other hand, the Popular Congress Party in Sudan called on Saturday to take to the streets to drop the normalization decision with Israel.
The party – which was founded by the late Hassan al-Turabi – said in a statement that it “calls on political parties, social, factional and popular organizations and all sectors of society to rally against the weak position of the transitional authority in the country, and to go to the streets to drop the decision of normalization with Israel.”
The statement added that it calls on all popular forces to form a broad popular front against normalization with Israel.
“The People’s Congress condemns the decision, and it calls on the executive government and the Sovereignty Council (which are the two wings of the transitional authority in Sudan) to backtrack on it, not to proceed with establishing any relations with the country of the usurper Zionist entity, and to leave any decision on the fateful issues of the legitimately elected government with the masses of people. Al-Sudani, and there is no government run by embassies and foreign organizations, “according to his description.
In turn, the political bureau of the Sudanese National Umma Party said, “The decision to normalize relations with Israel represents a milestone in clarifying what it described as acts committed outside the jurisdiction of the transitional government.”
The party described the decision on normalization with Israel as ill-considered and not consulted, and violates the constitutional document, pledging to take procedural and practical steps, without specifying its nature.
In turn, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Saturday that the United States will provide $ 81 million to Khartoum authorities, in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the recent floods in Sudan.
Pompeo confirmed in a tweet on his Twitter account that the aid will provide essential protection, shelter, basic health care, emergency food aid, education, water, sanitation, hygiene services for refugees and displaced people, and housing for vulnerable groups.
In another tweet, the US Secretary of State praised Sudan’s decision to normalize relations with Israel, stressing that President Donald Trump’s vision for peace in the Middle East and the world has begun to bear fruit.
For his part, US President Donald Trump said at an election rally in North Carolina that his administration is bringing peace to the Middle East through normalization agreements between Israel and a number of Arab countries.
The aid comes a day after President Trump announced, on Friday, that Sudan and Israel agreed to normalize relations.
Trump’s announcement came shortly after he notified Congress of his intention to remove Sudan from the list of “states sponsoring terrorism.”
The abolition of the designation, which has been in effect for 27 years, is widely seen as linked to an agreement with Israel.
In turn, White House spokeswoman Kylie McCannani said in a statement that “the official notification to Congress comes in the wake of Sudan’s recent agreement to resolve some of the cases of American victims of terrorism and their families.”
The White House said the transitional government in Sudan has transferred $ 335 million to an escrow account for the victims and their families.
Sudan agreed to a settlement with survivors and families of victims of the 1998 Al Qaeda attacks on the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, and the 2008 killing of a USAID employee in Khartoum.
During this period, the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was present in the Sudanese capital.