Sudan: Palestinians condemn normalization ties with Israel

24th Oct 2020
Sudan: Palestinians condemn normalization ties with Israel

By Mohammed Alamin

 

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA): Sudan declared official normalization of relations with Israel and a halt to any aggression with the Jewish state, Sudanese state television reported Friday. The normalisation has been condemned by Palestinians

A joint statement said the leaders of Sudan, Israel and the US indicated that Tel Aviv and Washington would help Sudan save its economy and develop external trade, especially agriculture.

“In addition, the leaders agreed to begin economic and trade relations, with an initial focus on agriculture. The leaders also agreed that delegations will meet in the coming weeks to negotiate agreements of cooperation in those areas as well as in agriculture technology, aviation, migration issues and other areas for the benefit of the two peoples” it added.

Sudan Sovereign Council Chair Abdul Fattah Alburha, Sudan Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump discussed normalization between the two countries Friday.

As part of the agreement, Trump took steps to remove Sudan from a U.S. government list of countries promoting terrorism. A senior U.S. official said Trump signed a document on Air Force One on Thursday night to notify Congress of his intention to remove Sudan from the list.

“The leaders agreed to the normalisation of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations,” according to a joint statement issued by the three countries.

The Palestinian Presidency in a statement condemned and rejected the “normalization of relations with the Israeli occupation state that usurps the land of Palestine.”

It said that “nobody has the right to talk on behalf of the Palestinian people and its cause,” asserting it will take the required decisions to protect their interest.

For his part, Abbas Zaki, a senior member of Fatah group, said that the normalization agreement between Khartoum and Tel Aviv would allow Israel to plunder Sudan’s wealth.

He went on to say that “catching up with Israel in this serious circumstance is for the sake of a new Middle East, in which Israel becomes the ruler of the Arab region.”

He added that normalization has become an “electoral case,” and that “Trump found among the Arabs who could give up their religion and core cause for his success and the success of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”

Zaki added that the countries which normalized with Israel will gain no benefit but will allow Israel to “plunder their wealth and control their human and material energy.”

Also, Hamas group considered the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel “a political sin that harms our Palestinian people and their just cause.”

Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for the movement, told Anadolu Agency, “the normalization between Sudan and the occupation harms the national interests of Sudan and the national interests of the Arab nation.”

He added, “normalization only serves the Zionist project and its expansionist policy in the region, and Trump benefits from it in the presidential elections and Netanyahu in his internal [political] struggle.”
Prior to the most recent developments, Egypt and Jordan were the sole Arab nations to have relations with Tel Aviv. Egypt did so in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

On Sept. 15, Bahrain and the UAE agreed to establish full diplomatic, cultural and commercial relations with Israel after signing controversial agreements at the White House.

The deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who say the accords ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

Bahrain and the UAE agreed in September to establish full diplomatic, cultural and commercial relations with Israel after signing controversial agreements at the White House.

The deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians, who say the accords ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.

[Photo: Protesters run as security forces attack them with tear gas during protest against economic crisis and high cost of living in Khartoum, Sudan on October 21, 2020. Photographer: Mahmoud Hjaj/AA]

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