A forum was held in Khartoum on Saturday to support the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel, in the first such move in the country, reported Anadolu Agency.
In a statement, the forum organizers said the aim of the event was to “enhance tolerance and social peace in Sudan, promote national and human values, and call for peaceful coexistence”.
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“The idea is not new, but it has become urgent and necessary because Sudan needs serious initiatives and the establishment of platforms that bring people of different religious backgrounds together as well as the launch of a new discourse that rejects division,” the statement continued.
The Sudanese Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments had earlier announced its refusal to participate in the event, citing that it was unaware of its objectives.
On Friday, the local Sudanese Ansar Affairs organization said it will not participate in the forum.
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The former head of the Islamic Fiqh Academy in Sudan, Abd al-Rahman Hasan Hamed, said:
“The dialogue with the other should be based on the strength of logic, not the logic of force, without using weapons to preserve the value and greatness of man.”
In October last year, Sudan announced the normalisation of its relations with Israel, in an effort to push the US to remove it from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move was rejected by many national political organizations, including members of the ruling coalition.
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