Israel announced that it expects to sign the normalization agreement with Sudan by the end of 2023.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, received Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Khartoum (Sudan Sovereignty Council Press Office/Handout via REUTERS) (SUDAN SOVEREIGNTY COUNCIL PRESS/)

Israel announced Thursday that it hopes to sign a normalization agreement with Sudan at the end of the year, after the visit of Foreign Minister, Eli Cohento Khartoum, where he held a meeting with the president of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Abdelfatah al-Burhan.

In a press conference shortly after landing in Israel, Cohen assured that both countries “they finalized the text of the agreement” with the goal that it can be signed by the end of 2023.

In turn, he explained that “the signing ceremony is expected to take place after the transfer of power in Sudan to a civilian government that will be established as part of the ongoing transition process in the country.”

For its part, the Sudanese Sovereign Council confirmed that Al Burhan met with Cohen and “discussed the establishment of fruitful relations with Israel.” “The Sudanese side urged the Israeli side to achieve stability between Israel and the Palestinian people”he added.

They also discussed “the role played by Sudan in addressing security problems in the region”, as well as “prospects for joint cooperation” in agriculture, energy, health, education, water or security.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun) (RONEN ZVULUN/)

The Israeli Foreign Ministry He called Cohen’s trip to Sudan a “historic political trip.”

Israel and Sudan announced their intention to normalize relations in October 2020, within the framework of the normalization agreements that the Jewish state reached with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Morocco that same year.

The agreement between Sudan and Israel was announced on October 23, 2020, days after the then US president, donald trumpaffirmed that the African country would be removed from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism -in which it has appeared since 1993- after the payment of compensation worth more than 500 million dollars (about 425 million euros) in compensation to relatives of victims of various attacks.

However, unlike those countries, the rapprochement between Israel and Sudan has not progressed much since then and both States have not signed a definitive pact for their normalization.

This was partly due to internal opposition in Sudan to building ties with Israel and also due to its troubled political situation.

If a final agreement is signed, Sudan would be the sixth Arab country to officially normalize its ties with Israel after doing so with Egypt (1979), Jordan (1994) and the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco in 2020.

The agreements changed a paradigm that dominated the Middle East and the Arab world, according to which Arab countries pledged not to establish formal relations with Israel until it ended its occupation of Palestinian territory and allowed an independent Palestinian state.

With information from EFE and Europa Press

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