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Sudanese call for Arab-Turkish-Iranian security treaty

October 11, 2017 at 10:44 am

Image of former Sudanese Prime Minister and leader of the National Umma Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi [Qudspress]

The president of Sudan’s National Ummah Party, Sadiq Al-Mehdi, has called for the conclusion of an Arab-Turkish-Iranian security treaty, under the auspices of Saudi Arabia and Egypt, in order to coexist and respect national sovereignty, Anadolu has reported.

“Based on the concept of tripartite coexistence,” explained Al-Mehdi, “everyone commits to supporting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and puts an end to the illusionary discussions about normalisation with Israel.” Such illusions, he added, are what have encouraged the Israeli right-wing to believe that it can maintain its aggressive policies and still enjoy the acceptance of the Arabs. “Everyone must commit that any relationship with Israel passes through the necessity of returning Arab and Palestinian rights back where they belong.”

The leader of the Sudanese opposition party congratulated both Fatah and Hamas for reaching an agreement on reconciliation. He also praised Egypt’s role in the mediating the deal. “I hope that an Arab-Turkish-Iranian reconciliation can be achieved, in line with the Palestinian one, to fight extremism and terrorism, and end all the wars that leave all parties with perpetual loss.”

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Commenting on the Gulf crisis, Al-Mehdi pointed out that “the sharp polarisation among our brothers in the Gulf has unfortunately led to harmful results.” Previous sectarian hostility throughout history — between Catholics and Protestants, for example — was eventually contained by coexistence and the acceptance of the other. “We should move to a new stage with the agreement of all parties to announce five principles and sit down to discuss the details and conclude an agreement,” he suggested.

Al-Mehdi’s proposed five principles include mutual respect for national sovereignty; a commitment to non-interference in the domestic affairs of other states; guaranteeing citizenship rights to residents of each country; the condemnation of extremism and terrorism, and cooperation in working against them; and support for the Palestinian cause.

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The Sudanese politician called for the problem of the current Gulf crisis to be solved within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council; anything unable to be solved at that level should be referred to the Arab League. “If all parties can agree to these five principles, we should be able to see a comprehensive reconciliation,” he concluded.