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Sudan's defence council to meet after UAE-backed Burhan's shock Netanyahu meeting

Burhan wants to normalise relations with Israel [Getty]

Date of publication: 4 February, 2020

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Sudan is scrambling to make sense of Burhan's shock meeting wtih Netanyahu, putting the country into a path of normalisation with Israel.
Sudan's security and defence council will meet to discuss Abdel-Fattah Burhan's shock meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the country enters shock.

On Monday, reports emerged that Sudan’s military leader Burhan visited Uganda for a UAE-arranged meeting with Netanyahu who was in the country to encourage Kampala to build an embassy in Jerusalem.

Immediately after the meeting, Netanyahu’s office released a statement saying: "It has been agreed to start a cooperation that will lead to normalising the ties between the countries."

Shortly after the statement, Sudan's foreign ministry said it was not aware of Burhan's plans to meet Netanyahu and normalise relations with Israel.

On Tuesday, Sudan's security and defence council have announced they will have a meeting to discuss the session in Uganda, without elaborating.

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Meanwhile, Sudan’s Journalists’ Union lashed out at Burhan's meeting for Netanyahu, describing it as "a black day".

The union deplored Burhan's meeting as a "the deepest stab in the back and heart of the Sudanese people, who have always been supportive of the Palestinian cause".

"We, the Sudanese journalists, will be at the forefront of those who reject this failed and defeated normalisation step of treachery," the statement said.

Burhan currently serves as the head of Sudan's transitional ruling body, the Sovereign Council, and had been blamed for a massacre of peaceful Sudanese protesters in June 2019.

The burgeoning relations will most likely affect the route of flights from Israel and enable aircrafts to fly over Sudan.

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