An official Israeli delegation led by Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen visited Sudan for the first time on Monday to discuss moving forward with an agreement brokered by the United States in October to normalize relations.
Cohen, the first Israeli minister to make such a visit, said in a statement after returning to Israel, “I have confidence that this visit lays the foundations for many important aspects of cooperation that will help both Israel and Sudan, and will also support security stability in the region.”
He added that he had met with the leaders of Sudan, and that his delegation discussed with its hosts a range of diplomatic and security issues, as well as the possibility of economic cooperation.
The Israeli statement stated that the two sides agreed that a Sudanese delegation would visit Israel, and there was no immediate comment from Sudanese officials on the visit.
Sudan joined the UAE and Bahrain last year in moving towards normalizing relations with Israel. It was also announced afterwards that Morocco also decided on normalization, and the new US administration said it wanted to build on those agreements.