Netanyahu discusses ‘normalisation’ with Sudan’s leader
Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Sudan’s leader Monday to discuss normalising ties, his office said, a potentially landmark step that caught Khartoum by surprise and was denounced by the Palestinians.
Netanyahu’s office said he met Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of the ruling sovereign council in fast-changing Sudan, in the Ugandan city of Entebbe.
Israel remains technically at war with Sudan, which for years. Sudan would become only the third Arab state to recognise the Jewish state.
“History,” Netanyahu said in a tweet announcing the meeting.
Sudan’s sovereign council is a transitional body of military officials and civilians that is headed by Burhan, an army general.
It was created as part of a power-sharing agreement with a civilian prime minister, economist Abdalla Hamdok, following the overthrow of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir last year.
The statement from Netanyahu’s office said the two men had “agreed to start cooperation leading to normalisation of the relationship between the two countries”.
It added that the prime minister believed “Sudan is headed in a new positive direction” and that he had expressed this view to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “Burhan is eager to help his country modernise by taking it out of isolation and putting it on the world’s map,” it said. – AFP