Netanyahu Meets with Sudan Top Official Burhan in Major Normalization Step

Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan. (Photo: File)

Israel has taken a major step towards normalizing relations with Sudan after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with one of the East African country’s top military generals.

Netanyahu met with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Uganda, on Monday evening.

Burhan currently serves as the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, a transitional ruling body made up of civilian and military figures.

Immediately after the meeting, Netanyahu’s office released a statement saying:

“It has been agreed to start a cooperation that will lead to normalizing the ties between the countries.”

“Prime Minister Netanyahu believes that Sudan is moving in a positive direction, and the prime minister has expressed his outlook to the American secretary of state”, Netanyahu’s government added.

Burhan, who is often held accountable for a massacre of peaceful Sudanese protesters in June 2019, took a trip to Uganda specifically to meet Netanyahu, who is there for a day-long diplomatic visit.

The meeting between the two leaders lasted for two hours.

According to an Israeli source, the burgeoning relations will most likely affect the route of flights from Israel and enable aircraft to fly over Sudan.

However, the Anadolu news agency reported on Monday that the Sudanese government was not informed of the meeting. 

Sudan’s Communication Minister Faisal Saleh declared:

“The (Sudanese) government wasn’t notified or consulted in the cabinet about this meeting. We will wait for clarifications after Al-Burhan’s return.”

(Palestine Chronicle, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Social Media)

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