News ID: 316680
Published: 0328 GMT September 27, 2021

Sudan dismisses plans for Israeli Embassy in Khartoum

Sudan dismisses plans for Israeli Embassy in Khartoum
THE NATIONAL

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi

Eleven months after Sudan agreed to normalize relations with Israel, the country’s foreign minister played down progress in building ties with the regime, saying there are no plans to open an Israeli Embassy in Khartoum.

“There’s not any sign of normalization with Israel … and there is no talk at any official level,” Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi asserted in an interview with Abu Dhabi-based English-language daily The National published on Sunday.

“I’m telling you this as the foreign minister … Abolishing a law on boycotting Israel does not mean that we consider opening an Israeli Embassy in Khartoum,” said Al-Mahdi who is the daughter of the late Sadiq al-Mahdi, an opposition leader and former prime minister of Sudan and a staunch opponent of normalization with Israel, Press TV reported.

On October 23, 2020, Sudan agreed to normalize its ties with the Israeli regime, becoming the third Arab country in the year —after the UAE and Bahrain—to go along with such deals engineered by former US president Donald Trump.

The current Sudanese cabinet repealed a boycott law against Israel in April.

Sudan said at the time that the normalization agreement needed the endorsement of its parliament, which has yet to be established under the transitional process, to become effective.

Al-Mahdi reiterated the need for Sudan’s new parliament to address the issue of ties with Israel before anything could be done.

“Any decision in this respect should be taken by the interim legislative parliament during the transitional period,” she said.

Prior to the agreement, the US pressed Sudan to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in return for the removal of the northeast African country from a US list of states that sponsor terrorism.

 

 

 

   
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