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Sudan denies plans to normalise relations with Israel

A general view of the National Congress Party's fourth general assembly at Khartoum International Fair in Khartoum, Sudan on 28 April 2017 [Ebrahim Hamid/Anadolu Agency]
A general view of the National Congress Party's fourth general assembly at Khartoum International Fair in Khartoum, Sudan [Ebrahim Hamid/Anadolu Agency]

Sudanese leaders have denied reports of an official approach to normalise relations with Israel, describing them as mere "speculations".

A leader in the ruling National Congress party, Qutbi Al-Mahdi, described the reports as "totally untrue" saying: "We have never raised the issue of relations with Israel in any form."

"The speculation" is due to Sudanese officials "meetings with the Americans about lifting the sanctions".

This position is completely out of question. We are with the right of Palestinians, this is an indisputable position. There are Palestinian rights supported by the international situation.

Party leader, Kamal Omar, also denied in an interview with Quds Press including relations with Israel within any of the national dialogue outputs.

The national dialogue terms regarding Sudan's external relations prevent the establishment of relations with Israel. Throughout Sudan's political phases, relations with Israel have not been allowed

Omar said.

"We have never heard of these steps in Sudan and the talk about cutting ties with Iran and moving toward strengthening relations with Saudi Arabia being a prelude to establish relations with Israel is weak and illogical," he added.

Has Sudan been secretly talking to Israel?

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