Sudan prepares for normalization with Israel, on condition that its name be removed from the terrorism list

Sudanese sources said that American, Emirati and Sudanese officials will hold a "decisive" meeting in Abu Dhabi, on Monday, regarding a possible normalization agreement between Sudan and Israel, on the condition that Sudan is removed from the list of states sponsoring terrorism and providing economic aid to it.

Informed sources added to the American "Axios" website that if the United States and the UAE respond to Sudan's requests for economic aid, a normalization agreement with Israel similar to the one reached with the UAE and Bahrain might be announced within days.

On Sunday, the ruling Sovereignty Council in Sudan said that Sudanese officials would discuss with US officials excluding their country from an American list of countries sponsoring terrorism during a visit to the UAE this week.

The Sudan News Agency stated that the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and Minister of Justice Nasruddin Abdel-Bari were among the delegation that went to Abu Dhabi on Sunday, where he will meet with Emirati officials to discuss regional issues.

Meanwhile, Abdel Bari will meet with US officials visiting the UAE to discuss excluding Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism, supporting the transitional period, and canceling the US debt on Sudan.

The head of the Sudanese Transitional Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, accompanied by a number of ministers, will visit the UAE on Sunday to hold talks on various issues.

Axios expects that General Miguel Correa, Director of Arab Gulf and Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, will represent the United States in the meeting, given his participation in the efforts to formulate the Israeli-Emirati peace treaty.

The UAE, which is hosting the meeting, will be represented by National Security Adviser Tahnoun bin Zayed, who is also responsible for talks with Israel.

Sudan will be represented by members of the civilian and military branches of the transitional government, including the head of the Prime Minister’s cabinet, Abdullah Hamdok, and Minister Abdel Bari, who also holds US citizenship.

Sudanese sources reported that the Sudanese government would request economic aid in return for the normalization deal with Israel.

According to what was published by the "Axios" website, this assistance includes more than three billion dollars in humanitarian and direct aid for the budget to face the economic crisis and the repercussions of the devastating floods.

It also includes the commitment of the United States and the UAE to help Sudan economically, over the next three years.

Israel is following Monday's meeting closely, and the most prominent Israeli newspapers reported the news of the upcoming normalization.

According to Axios, the two countries have continued talks on the possibility of normalization, since the meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and al-Burhan, last February, in Uganda.

The issue of normalization between Sudan and Israel was raised, last Tuesday, at a meeting in Washington between Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo had raised, during a visit, in August, the issue of Sudan establishing relations with Israel, and Hamdok told him that he had no mandate to do so, according to Reuters.

Israel encouraged US President Donald Trump's administration to adhere to Sudan's request for economic aid as part of any normalization deal.

In addition to economic aid, Sudan wants the Trump administration to remove its name from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, but this issue is indirectly linked to the normalization deal with Israel.



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