Sunday 01 November 2020

Sudan and Oman ‘likely’ to normalise relations with Israel under U.S. pressure

Sudan and Oman are “likely” to be the next Arab countries to normalise relations with Zionist regime

Sudan is “likely” to be the next Arab country to normalise relations with Zionist regime, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted a Sudanese official as saying.

According to the source, the recent high-level talks between the US and the Sudanese government held in Abu Dhabi discussed Khartoum’s agreeing to normalise relations with Tel Aviv in return for removing it from the State Department’s list of sponsors of terrorism and a package of  $7 billion in financial assistance.

The Sudanese transitional government said earlier that the negotiations confirmed Sudan’s support for the Arab-Israeli peace agreements and considered them a path to stability in the region.

Meanwhile, sources told the paper that the US team contacted President Donald Trump and his adviser Jared Kushner several times during the talks.

The Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, met with his cabinet yesterday to discuss the outcome of the meeting.

Several members of the ruling coalition parties including the Umma Party and the Communist Party strongly oppose normalising ties with Israel.

The paper expected the Sudanese government to pay compensations to the victims of the USS Cole bombing in the Gulf of Aden, and the victims of the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

There has also been speculation in diplomatic circles that Oman may be another Arab state to make an agreement with Israel, after an official representative of the Gulf Arab country was sent to the signing ceremony of the UAE-Bahrain-Israel accord last week. 

Zionist regime’s intelligence minister has predicted that Oman, along with Bahrain, would be the next Persian Gulf countries to follow the UAE in formalising ties with Zionist regime.

Oman's foreign minister, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, spoke with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi, days after the UAE-Israel announcement in August, and the two discussed the "need to strengthen relations".

Ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the United States have told Senator Ted Cruz that they are forging ties with Israel to please Washington, the key Republican legislator revealed on Thursday.

Speaking during a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cruz lauded the Trump administration for what he called "clarity" in standing "resolutely and unshakably" with Israel - a position that he said is pushing Arab countries towards normalisation.

"In the last couple of weeks, I've had conversations directly with the ambassador from the UAE and the ambassador from Saudi Arabia," Cruz, a staunch conservative, told the committee.

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