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Israel, Sudan to normalise ties 'before end of year', Israeli official says

Sudan could become the fourth Arab nation to normalise ties with Israel. [Getty]

Date of publication: 17 August, 2020

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Israel's intelligence minister Eli Cohen was quoted by Israeli media claiming Sudan would follow in the footsteps of the UAE in normalising ties.
Israel and Sudan may sign a normalisation deal in the near future, Israel's intelligence minister said on Sunday, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

"A normalisation agreement with Sudan is coming soon," Eli Cohen told KAN, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, just days after the UAE struck a similar controversial deal with Israel.

"This historical agreement may be signed before the new year," Cohen was quoted as saying.

The UAE is the first Gulf country and the third Arab nation – after Egypt and Jordan – to establish diplomatic ties with Israel.

Israeli press has also speculated that Bahrain and Oman may follow suit in signing so-called peace deals with the country in the near future.

Read also: UAE-Israeli alliance – Quid pro quo for Trump's re-election campaign

The US administration during Donald Trump's presidency launched a 'peace plan' for the Middle East that would see the normalisation of relations between Israel and Arab states of the Gulf.

During a February visit to Uganda, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Sudan's leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, saying they had "agreed to start cooperation leading to normalisation" between their countries.

Under the UAE-Israel agreement signed last Thursday, Israel said it would suspend its planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, a concession welcomed by European and some pro-Western Arab governments, but shunned by Palestinians.

However, Netanyahu has since said the annexation plans have only temporarily been put on hold.

Palestinian groups have publicly denounced the deal, saying it does nothing to serve the Palestinian cause.

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