Sudan’s leader appears to be getting his government on board with his goal of improving ties with Israel.
By World Israel News Staff
Sudan’s leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said the Council of Ministers will discuss normalization of ties with the Jewish State, a positive sign for improving relations between the two countries.
Al-Burhan already held a meeting with the general staff of the country’s military in order to give them a summary of his Feb. 3rd meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
He confirmed that the meeting was the result of a three-way process between Washington, Jerusalem and Khartoum.
Al-Burhan received pushback from members of the transitional government who said they hadn’t been informed beforehand of his meeting with Netanyahu and only learned about it through the media.
“We, the members of the cabinet, were not notified or consulted about this meeting. We are waiting for the chief of the sovereign council to return and give clarification about this,” said government spokesman Faisal Mohamed Salih in what appeared to be a step backward from the possibility of improving relations.
“Al-Burhan wasn’t accompanied by any member of the government,” senior officials told a Sudanese newspaper.
Al-Burhan met with Netanyahu in Uganda. Israel’s Channel 12 news said that Burhan described the meeting in which the two shared food and even served each other.
“I felt comfortable with Netanyahu, we ate together. I gave him bread and he gave me meat. We ate from the same plate. Netanyahu laughed when I gave him the bread,” he said.
The Palestinian leadership expressed outrage after the meeting, having counted Sudan as an ally.
Under the dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir, the east African country supplied training camps to numerous terror groups, including Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, the PLO and al-Qaeda before Osama bin Laden moved on to Afghanistan.
With an economy in collapse, partly due to U.S. sanctions, Sudan is attempted to make a turn to the West in order to improve its situation. Reports say it sees the way to improving ties with the U.S. through Jerusalem.