Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (Hemeti), Vice President of the Sovereignty Council in Sudan, announced that they will continue to build relations with Israel, adding that he had received an American promise to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
In an interview with “Sudania 24” channel from Juba and broadcast yesterday evening, Hemedti said that Sudan needs Israel, and that what his country is seeking is relations, not normalization, adding that they are walking in this direction without fear of anyone.
He added that they are seeking the benefit of Sudan while adhering to the rights of the Palestinian people to establish their state, referring to the normalization of several Arab countries with Israel.
Hemedti considered that establishing relations with Israel would allow Sudan to benefit from its advanced capabilities, referring in particular to its technical and agricultural potential.
The Sudanese official talked about the ousted President Omar Al-Bashir’s pursuit of normalization with Israel, saying that he had informed him of his desire to do so.
During the past days, Israeli and American media reports said that Khartoum had agreed to normalization with Tel Aviv if Sudan was removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism and that it obtained aid from Washington.
On September 23, the head of the Sovereignty Council, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, said that his discussions with American officials during a three-day visit to the UAE dealt with several issues, including Arab peace with Israel.
On the other hand, the head of the transitional government in Sudan, Abdullah Hamdok, said that the issue of his country’s normalization of relations with Israel is complex and needs societal consensus.
Hamdok refused to link the normalization process with Israel to the issue of removing Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.
An American promise
In the interview broadcast by the private Sudanese TV channel, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti) said that his country is disappointed that the United States has not removed Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism so far.
He added, “Like it or not, the issue of removing Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism is linked to Israel.”
Earlier yesterday, the Vice President of the Sovereignty Council in Sudan said in a tweet that he met on Friday in Juba the US envoy to Sudan, Donald Booth, and received a promise from him to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism as soon as possible.
He also said that Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok acknowledged responsibility in the case of the US destroyer “Cole”, noting that his government had to collect the required compensation amounts for the United States, which in turn affected the depreciation of the Sudanese pound against the US dollar.
On October 6, 2017, the administration of US President Donald Trump lifted economic sanctions and a trade embargo that had been imposed on Sudan since 1997.
However, it did not remove his name from the terrorist list it had been on since 1993 for hosting the late leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.