The Israeli Occupation Army Radio reported today, Sunday, that the Sudanese government agreed to receive large numbers of immigrants who entered Israel illegally, after announcing the start of the normalization of relations between the two sides.
According to the Jerusalem Post, thousands of Sudanese citizens have entered Israel illegally in the last 15 years, and there are still about 6,000 of them.
Army Radio added that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to form a committee to draw up plans for the return of Sudanese migrants and asylum seekers.
It quoted senior Israeli officials as saying that during the talks that preceded the announcement of normalization last week, Sudanese officials agreed to return the migrants, adding that Israel is seeking to return as many of them as possible.
The Prime Minister’s Office did not confirm or deny the report’s authenticity.
And the leaders of the United States, Israel and Sudan announced in a joint statement Friday that Khartoum and Tel Aviv had reached an agreement to normalize relations between them.
Thus, Sudan becomes the fifth Arab country to agree to normalize its relations with Israel, after Egypt, Jordan, the Emirates and Bahrain.
After the announcement, several Sudanese political forces declared their categorical rejection of normalization with Israel, including parties participating in the ruling coalition.
Source : Israeli Press + German News Agency