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Sudan faces a political quid pro quo … Normalization in exchange for being removed from the terrorism list

Today, Friday, the Sudanese police dispersed a demonstration in the capital, Khartoum, denouncing normalization with Israel, while the transitional sovereign council chairman Abdel Fattah al-Burhan will hold a meeting tomorrow with the ruling partners to present the results of his discussions with the Americans regarding removing the country from the list of terrorism and relations with Israel.

A demonstration took place in the Al-Jarif area, east of Khartoum, during which the demonstrators chanted slogans hostile to normalization with Israel, and the approach of Abdullah Hamdok’s government, which they say has failed to fulfill its duties. The police took two people, one of them an imam, for taking part in the demonstration.

On the other hand, Anadolu Agency quoted an informed source in the Forces of Freedom and Change that the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council will present on Saturday the results of his talks with US officials in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi to the ruling partners.

The source – who preferred not to be named – stated that the meeting aims to reach a common Sudanese vision on the terms of the talks, especially those related to Arab peace with Israel.

He added that the Forces of Freedom and Change support removing Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism, without linking that to the file of normalization with Israel.

Despite negotiations that lasted more than a year, Sudan faces a new obstacle to removing its name from the US list of states sponsoring terrorism, which is its demand to normalize relations with Israel, according to Reuters quoted 3 well-informed government sources.

The sources said yesterday that Sudan is resisting linking the two issues, at a time when US President Donald Trump describes himself as a historic peacemaker in the election campaign.

The designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to the era of its ousted president, Omar Al-Bashir, and makes it difficult for his new transitional government to obtain debt relief and much-needed foreign financing.

Rampant inflation and devaluation represent the biggest challenge to the stability of the transitional government led by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

“Sudan has fulfilled all necessary conditions … We expect to be removed from the list soon,” an official told Reuters yesterday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a letter to Congress last week that the administration is looking to remove Sudan from the list in October.

Pompeo (left) during a previous visit in which he discussed removing Sudan from the list of terrorism (communication sites)

Reuters quoted two American sources and another in the Gulf that during talks with Burhan this week, US officials hinted that they want Khartoum to emulate the UAE and Bahrain model and establish relations with Israel.

The sources added that the United States has also offered Sudan development and humanitarian aid.

If an agreement is reached to normalize relations, Congress obstructs the legislation necessary to restore Sudan’s sovereign immunity, a principle that prevents lawsuits from being brought against sovereign governments, which Sudan has lost due to its status on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Sudan wants the legislation passed before submitting a $ 335 million settlement to victims of al Qaeda attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, which it said on Wednesday had been secured. The settlement was the most important condition formally established by the United States.




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