Sudan ends 63-year-old law on boycotting Israeli regime

2021-04-20 21:28:20
Sudan ends 63-year-old law on boycotting Israeli regime

Sudan on Monday abolished a decades-old law on boycotting Israel, part of efforts by the North African nation to establish normal ties with the Zionist regime.

A bill was approved at a joint meeting of Sudan's ruling Sovereign Council and Cabinet that annuls the 1958 law.

The law had forbidden diplomatic and economic ties with Israel, Sudan’s Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said in a Twitter post.

Sudan is now ruled by a joint military and civilian government after a popular uprising led the military to overthrow longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

Khartoum maintained a rigid anti-Israel stance during the three-decade rule of former President Omar al-Bashir, who was removed amid mass protests in April 2019.

In December, the United States formally removed Sudan from the so-called list of “state sponsors of terrorism” after the African country's military-led government agreed to normalize ties with the Israeli regime.

Sudanese political parties have rejected the government’s decision to normalize relations with Israel, with officials saying they will form an opposition front against the agreement.

In October, angry Sudanese protesters took to the streets to condemn the normalization with Israel, with the Popular Congress Party, the second most prominent component of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) political coalition, saying the people were not obligated to accept the accord.

Last year, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco agreed to normalize ties with Israel under pressure from former President Donald Trump’s administration.

Israeli military officials say the pact with Sudan paves the way for the expansion of Israel’s presence in North Africa and the expansion of military cooperation across the Sudanese-Egyptian border.

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