The government of Sudan now says it has agreed to “move forward” towards normalizing relations with Israel during talks with visiting Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Khartoum.
The trip to Khartoum on Thursday was part of an exchange of visits between Sudan and Israel. They include discussions on reaching and signing a normalisation agreement as well as military and security issues.
Cohen’s visit to Khartoum was the first by an Israeli official acknowledged by Sudanese authorities.
“During the visit, which was made with the consent of the United States, the parties finalised the text of the agreement,” an Israeli foreign ministry statement said.
“The signing ceremony is expected to take place after the transfer of power in Sudan to a civilian government that will be established as part of the ongoing transition process in the country.”
Sudan’s army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, hosted Cohen.
“It has been agreed to move forward towards the normalisation of relations between the two countries,” the Sudanese foreign ministry said following a meeting between Cohen and his Sudanese counterpart Ali al-Sadiq.
Thursday’s talks touched briefly on “achieving stability and peace between Israel and the Palestinians”, the Sudanese statement said, without elaborating.
Discussions also included “ways to establish fruitful relations” between the two countries and “prospects of cooperation” in security, agriculture, energy, health, water and education, according to a statement by Sudan’s sovereign council.
SOURCE: ALJAZEERA NEWS