Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 31 May 2020

Sudan's PM backs Palestinian state and says Israel normalisation must be approved

Abdalla Hamdok said that any decisions related to Sudan's foreign affairs must be made by the Council of Ministers

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said it was important to abide by the legal framework governing the transition. Reuters
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said it was important to abide by the legal framework governing the transition. Reuters

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Wednesday stressed the country's support for an independent Palestinian state and said that any change in ties with Israel must be approved by the transitional government's Council of Ministers.

His comments came after reports of a two-hour meeting between General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, the most senior figure in Sudan's transition after the removal of Omar Al Bashir last year, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Ugandan city of Entebbe on Monday.

Mr Hamdok said that "decisions related to Sudan's foreign affairs must be made by the Council of Ministers".

The Israeli leader said the two had begun talks on normalising relations between their countries.

But the Sudanese Cabinet said on Tuesday that it had not been made aware of the meeting.

Gen Al Burhan made his first comments about the meeting with Mr Netanyahu on Tuesday night, saying the meeting was "to preserve and maintain Sudanese national security and achieve the supreme interests of the Sudanese people".

He said that Khartoum still supports a Palestinian state.

He appeared to support Mr Hamdok's statement, saying that the relationship between Sudan and Israel was "the responsibility of the concerned institutions," in an apparent reference to Sudan's civilian cabinet.

Sudan wants to be removed from a US list of countries considered to be state sponsors of terrorism and wants to build trade links with the outside world after decades of isolation under Al Bashir.

Updated: February 5, 2020 11:51 AM

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