US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks by phone with his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan, on the Gulf crisis, the conflict in Yemen, and normalization with Israel.
The State Department said Monday evening that Pompeo discussed by phone with his Saudi counterpart “the need to overcome the divisions among the Gulf states.” She explained that the talks dealt with “the importance of advancing humanitarian aid and peace in Yemen.”
“Pompeo also discussed with his Saudi counterpart the signing of the two normalization agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain,” she added.
The UAE and Bahrain signed two agreements in Washington two weeks ago to normalize their relationship with Israel, ignoring widespread Arab popular rejection, in light of the continued Israeli occupation of Arab lands.
Washington is trying to persuade more Arab countries to sign similar agreements with Israel ahead of the US presidential elections scheduled for next November.
During the past few days, Israeli and American media reports stated that Sudan agreed to normalize its relations with Israel, in case his name was removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism and he obtained billions of dollars in US aid.
On Wednesday, the head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said that his talks with US officials during a three-day visit to the UAE dealt with several issues, including Arab peace with Israel.
However, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok announced Saturday his refusal to link normalization with Israel with the file removing Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.