Israel and Sudan are working behind the scenes to normalize relations. Reports are The State Department offered to remove the African nation from the U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism in return for recognizing the Jewish State.
Israel and Sudan are in direct talks on establishing diplomatic relations, member of the Israeli high-level security cabinet Ze’ev Elkin confirmed to Izvestia. Experts interviewed by the newspaper believe that it is important for Israel to normalize relations with any Arab nation because Tel Aviv needs to surround itself if not with allies, then with countries that pose no danger, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
Palestinian Ambassador to Moscow Abdel Hafiz Nofal told the paper that it was too early to talk about the consequences of Sudan’s possible recognition of Israel as no actual steps had been taken yet. “Sudan has found itself in a difficult economic and social situation in the midst of a powerful international blockade. We certainly oppose the normalization of its relations with Israel, but judging by media reports, Sudan is about to take this step in return for the lifting of the blockade, out of economic reasons,” the envoy pointed out.
A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the diplomatic discussions in Khartoum, but told Al-Monitor that removing Sudan from the terror list remains a top priority. “Rescission is a multi-step process that depends on Sudan meeting the relevant statutory and policy criteria. Congress also plays a role in this process,” the State Department spokesperson told Al-Monitor via email. “We remain active in discussions with Sudan regarding the policy and statutory requirements for consideration of potential rescission of Sudan’s SST designation,” the spokesperson wrote. SST stands for state sponsors of terrorism, reported Al Monitor.
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