28/12/2020–|Last updated: 12/28/202010:58 PM (Makkah)
Sudanese Minister of Culture and Information Faisal Muhammad Salih said that the experience of Arab normalization with Israel proved the existence of what he called “illusions of benefiting” from this normalization from Israel itself.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, he indicated that those who accepted normalization in Sudan were aiming to lift US sanctions on the country and restore its sovereign rights, as he put it.
He added that the final decision on normalization with Israel rests with the next Sudanese legislative council, as it is the parliament that expresses the opinion of the Sudanese people.
The Sudanese government’s decision to normalize with Israel had sparked a great controversy in a country that saw normalization with Israel as a red line. Khartoum has historically been known as the capital of the Three No’s: no to normalization, no reconciliation, and no recognition of Israel.
While the popular rejection of normalization continues, a division prevails over it within the ruling system. Some see it as the wider gateway for Sudan’s return to the international community and the lifting of the US sanctions imposed on it, while opponents see it as not solving Sudan’s economic and political crises.