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World Sudan rejects linking removal from U.S. terrorism list with Israel ties

15:15  26 september  2020
15:15  26 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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The United States conditions Sudan ’ s removal from a list of states that sponsor terrorism on its normalization of diplomatic ties with the Israeli The United States is pressing Sudan to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in return for removal of the Northeast African country from a US list of

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan and the United States have discussed how Khartoum could advance Arab- Israeli peace, authorities said on Wednesday, adding the talks also covered the removal of the former hardline foe of Israel from a U . S . list of terrorism sponsors.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan does not want to link its removal from a U.S. terrorism list that is hindering access to foreign funding for the country's economy with a normalisation of relations with Israel, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Saturday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Sudan's Prime Minister in the transitional government Abdalla Hamdok addresses people as they celebrate the first anniversary of the start of the uprising that toppled long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir, at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum © Reuters/MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH FILE PHOTO: Sudan's Prime Minister in the transitional government Abdalla Hamdok addresses people as they celebrate the first anniversary of the start of the uprising that toppled long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir, at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum

Sources said this week that U.S. officials indicated in talks with a Sudanese delegation they wanted Khartoum to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and open ties with Israel.

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Ties with Israel are a sensitive issue in Sudan , which was among the hardline Muslim foes of Israel under Bashir. The ruling council said its head Afterwards Abdelbari will meet U . S . officials present in the UAE to discuss the “ removal of (the) name of Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism

Sudan has been on the terrorism list since 1993 and, as a result, has been restricted from receiving the global Israel has cultivated its own nascent ties with the country. In February, Mr. Netanyahu met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has the authority to remove Sudan from the terrorism list

Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to its toppled ruler Omar al-Bashir, and makes it difficult for its new transitional government to access urgently needed debt relief and foreign financing.

Hamdok said Sudan had told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a visit last month it was necessary to separate the removal from the U.S. list from the normalisation of relations with Israel.

"This topic (ties to Israel) needs a deep discussion of the society," he told a conference in Khartoum to discuss economic reforms.

Sudan's surging inflation and plummeting currency have been the biggest challenges to Hamdok's transitional administration, which rules with the military since Bashir's ouster.

Sudan was put on the U.S. list in 1993 because the United States believed Bashir's regime was supporting militant groups. But many in Sudan consider this is undeserved since Bashir was removed last year and Sudan has long cooperated with the United States on counter-terrorism.

The White House and State Department have declined to comment when asked about the status of negotiations.

Burhan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a surprise meeting in Uganda earlier this year. Yet opening ties is sensitive, as Sudan was a staunch foe of Israel under Bashir.

(Writing by Ulf Laessing. Editing by Jane Merriman)

US push for Arab-Israel ties divides Sudanese leaders .
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s fragile interim government is sharply divided over normalizing relations with Israel, as it finds itself under intense pressure from the Trump administration to become the third Arab country to do so in short order — after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Washington's push for Sudan-Israel ties is part of a campaign to score foreign policy achievements ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November. Sudan seemedWashington's push for Sudan-Israel ties is part of a campaign to score foreign policy achievements ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November.

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