Sudan junta forging Israeli ties without government consent: Minister

2020-12-07 17:46:36
Sudan junta forging Israeli ties without government consent: Minister

Sudan’s Information Minister Faisal Mohamed Salih has criticized the military for developing relations with Israel without informing civilian officials of the country's ruling council.

Salih said an Israeli delegation’s visit to military manufacturing facilities in Sudan last month had taken place without the cabinet’s knowledge.

Foreign relations are “supposed to be in the hands of the council of ministers,” Salih told S24, a Sudanese TV channel.

“But matters related to normalization have actually been unilaterally seized by the military,” he said.

Salih's remarks signal further strains between civilian and army officials within the transitional government.

Sudan’s governing council, which is comprised of six civilian and five military leaders, was founded in August 2019 after the military overthrew president Omar al-Bashir in the wake of mass protests against his rule.

In October, US President Donald Trump announced that Sudan and Israel had agreed to normalize relations.

Sudan thus became the third Arab country — after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain — to agree to a normalization deal with Israel since August.

But no signing ceremony has been held between Sudan and Israel so far.

The US has promised to remove Sudan from Washington’s list of so-called state sponsors of terrorism (SST). That has widely been seen as the sole incentive for Sudan’s normalization with the Israeli regime.

The normalization deal, which was condemned by Palestinians as a betrayal of their cause, also sparked protests in Sudan.

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