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US News Normalization of Israel-Sudan relations: "a huge victory" for some, a "shame" for others

17:50  24 october  2020
17:50  24 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Le Soudan et Israël ont convenu de normaliser leurs relations, sous l'égide du président américain, Donald Trump. © Jack Guez and Ashraf Shazly, AFP Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalize their relations, under the aegis of US President Donald Trump.

Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalize their relations, under the aegis of US President Donald Trump. This historic rapprochement, aimed at ending decades of hostilities between Khartoum and the Hebrew state, has been hailed by many leaders, but has also been criticized by the Palestinian Authority and Iran.

Sudan and Israel agreed on Friday October 24 to begin the normalization of their diplomatic relations after an American mediation. US President Donald Trump secured the deal in a telephone interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , Sudanese government chief Abdalla Hamdok, and Transitional Council chairman Abdel Fattah al Bourhan. Sudan is the third Arab country since August to announce a normalization of its relations with Israel, after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain .

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This announcement sparked a lot of reactions around the world. The United States, which worked for this rapprochement, of course welcomed it. “HUGE victory for the United States and for peace in the world. Sudan has accepted a peace and normalization agreement with Israel!”, tweeted Donald Trump . He said "at least five" more Arab countries planned to follow in Khartoum's footsteps, in a telephone interview with the prime ministers of Sudan and Israel shortly after the announcement. “And we'll have a lot more than that soon,” he added.

Congratulations from Egypt

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the development of diplomatic relations with Sudan a "tremendous turnaround", the Palestinian presidency has on its side condemned and rejected the agreement "with the Israeli occupation country which usurps Palestinian land". "No one has the right to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause," she continued.

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Hazem Qassem, official spokesperson for Hamas, the Islamist movement in power in the Gaza Strip, also strongly criticized this rapprochement, calling it "a political sin which harms the Palestinian people and their just cause and also harms the national interest of Sudan ". "It only benefits Netanyahu," he concluded.

In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose country was the first in the region to establish diplomatic relations with the Hebrew state in 1979, on the other hand "hailed the joint efforts of the United States, and Israel regarding the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel ". "I appreciate all the efforts aimed at achieving stability and peace in the region," he tweeted .

Critics of Iran

Bahrain, which signed a normalization agreement with Israel in September, also congratulated the two countries for this "historic step", in a statement from its foreign ministry. Manama reiterated his support for Sudan "in its relentless efforts to transition to a new stage of development, progress and prosperity, and to exercise an active and constructive role in the international community".

Delegation of Israel to Sudan to discuss normalization of ties

 Delegation of Israel to Sudan to discuss normalization of ties ISRAEL-DIPLOMACY: Delegation of Israel to Sudan to discuss normalization of ties JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli delegation paid a rare visit to Sudan on Wednesday in order to discuss a normalization of relations between the two countries, reported Israeli public radio Kan, while a member of the government spoke of a possible major diplomatic breakthrough. No details were given by Kan radio on the content of the exchanges in Khartoum.

The UAE, which also normalized relations with Israel this summer , also applauded Sudan's decision to forge ties with the Hebrew state. "Sudan's decision to establish relations with Israel is an important step for the consolidation of security and prosperity in the region", according to the foreign ministry quoted by the official UAE news agency.

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Finally, sworn enemy of Israel and the United States, Tehran has castigated the decision announced by Washington. “The White House announcement on Sudan could not be more symbolic. Pay enough ransom, close your eyes to crimes against the Palestinians and you will be removed from the so-called 'terrorism' blacklist. is as bogus as the US fight against terrorism. Shameful! "

tweeted Iranian Foreign Ministry .

With AFP and Reuters

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