Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said that the decision to normalize relations between Sudan and Israel was a comprehensive decision agreed upon by the ruling parties in Sudan, while the Sudanese Minister of Justice stressed that interests are prioritized over convictions and ideologies.
In an interview with Al-Sudani newspaper, Cohen described the decision to normalize relations between Sudan and Israel as historic, and that it would contribute to strengthening the relationship between the two countries.
The Israeli minister said that the actual direct discussion between Khartoum and Israel began after the meeting of the Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Entebbe, Uganda, followed by a series of meetings between the two countries’ delegations under American auspices.
He explained that the last meeting was last week, in which the two delegations succeeded in breaking the barrier and reaching a peace agreement that provided for the normalization of bilateral relations.
Cohen added that Israel has not made promises of financial aid to Sudan yet, but it is agreed upon to normalize relations at the diplomatic level, and there will be security cooperation, and the exchange of commercial and investment goods between the two countries.
Cohen expected a Sudanese delegation to visit Tel Aviv soon, and an Israeli delegation to Khartoum.
He added that he will lead the next Israeli delegation to Khartoum after the official signing of the peace agreement, and he wants to present an official invitation to the Sudanese government to send a delegation to Tel Aviv.
For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the peace agreements with the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan so far are good for “security, heart and pocket,” as he put it, adding that more Arab countries will normalize with Israel.
Netanyahu made it clear that a high-level Israeli delegation will travel to Khartoum soon to complete the agreements with Sudan.
Sudanese interests first
In Sudan, Acting Foreign Minister Omar Qamar al-Din said that his country is hostile to those who are hostile to it, and that its interests come first.
For his part, Sudanese Minister of Justice Nasreddin Abdel Bari said that the decision to normalize normalization with Israel would bring many benefits to the Sudanese that were agreed upon.
The minister emphasized that foreign policy should not be determined by ideological trends and convictions, individual or partisan, but only interests and interests, as he put it.
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 foreign 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 effort 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.
Rejection of my party
In a related development, the political bureau of the Sudanese National Umma Party said that the decision to normalize normalization with Israel represents a milestone in clarifying what it described as acts committed outside the jurisdiction of the transitional government.
He added in a statement that the matter requires a strong position to stop the deterioration and restore balance to the transitional government, he said.
The Umma Party described the decision on normalization with Israel as ill-considered and not consulted, and that it violated the constitutional document.
In its statement, the party pledged to take procedural and practical steps, without specifying their nature.
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.
He said, “While the People’s Congress condemns the decision, 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 crucial issues to the legally elected government with the masses. The Sudanese people, and there is no government run by embassies and foreign organizations, “according to his description.
In turn, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Saturday that the United States will provide $ 81 million to the 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.