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PLO: US puts pressure on Sudan to settle Palestine refugees

Bassam al-Salhi, Bassam Al-Salhi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in Beijing on 23 November 2012. [MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images]
Bassam al-Salhi, Bassam Al-Salhi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in Beijing on 23 November 2012. [MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images]

The United States is putting pressure on Sudan to accept settling Palestine refugees on its soil, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, Bassam Al-Salhi, was reported saying by Anadolu yesterday.

“Special sources told me that the ongoing normalisation talks between Washington, Israel and Sudan include Sudan’s possibility to resettle [Palestine] refugees on its soil as part of the deal of the century,” Al-Salhi said, in reference to the US ‘peace deal’ for the region.

He stated that “this is part of the conspiracy against the Palestinian cause,” stressing the issue between Israel and Sudan goes beyond the normalisation of ties.

The PLO official called on Sudan “to reject being dragged into these American-Israeli plans in order to maintain its interests and future.”

Resettling Palestine refugees had been raised dozens of times by Israel and the US mainly in Egypt and other host countries; however, Al-Salhi said, proposing to resettle them in Sudan is new.

Sudan did not issue an immediate comment on the remarks, but the country’s officials have several times denied reports about the possible normalisation of ties with Israel despite several meetings between Sudanese and Israeli officials.

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