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Sudan seeks to open up to the whole world, including Israel: Official

The vice president of Sudan's Sovereign Council, Lieutenant General Hamidati, praised the role of US President Donald Trump in the normalization process with Israel

Bassem Aly , Tuesday 27 Oct 2020
FILE PHOTO: Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, deputy head of the military council and head of Sudan's paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), attends a meeting in Khartoum, Sudan, June 18, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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The vice president of Sudan's Sovereign Council Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo said on Monday that his country is seeking to establish relations with all world states, including Israel. 

"It's time to open up to the whole world and have relations that are built on the basis of peace and development," Al-Arabiya quoted Sudanese Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, also referred to as Hamidati, as saying in a phone interview with Israel's Makan News.

Hamidati said that Sudan was internationally isolated for thirty years due to "ideological issues that have nothing to do with Sudan's people," adding that Israel and his country neither are neighbours nor share borders.

"We are not the first country to normalize relations with Israel," he emphasized, adding that the Palestinians themselves have relations with Israel. He does however stress Sudan's support to solving the Palestinian cause.

Hamidati also said that normalizing ties with Israel will bring a lot of benefits to Sudan, including ending its isolation and facilitating cooperation with Israel in political, security and economic affairs. He specifically referred to the need of Sudan to benefit from the Israeli agricultural technology.

Hamidati, however, denied the presence of a connection between lifting Sudan's name from the US state sponsor of terrorism list and reaching an agreement with Israel. He said that both announcements just came at the same point in time.

He praised the role of US President Donald Trump in the normalization process.

Trump announced on Friday that both states have agreed to normalize relations during a joint call with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

According to a statement issued by the three states, the aim of the deal was to end the state of hostility between their nations and begin economic and trade relations, with an initial focus on agriculture.

On 19th October, US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he will remove Sudan's name from the US state sponsor of terrorism list once it pays compensations to the US victims of acts of terrorism, including two Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that led to the death of more than 200 people, as well as the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 and the killing of US Agency for International Development employee John Granville in Khartoum in 2008.


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