Israeli delegation visited Khartoum a week after Sudan coup

Israeli delegation visited Khartoum one week after Sudan coup
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02 November, 2021
Israeli officials met with Sudanese military leaders to assess the situation in Sudan, one week after a coup.
Protesters have taken to the street en masse to denounce the 25 October coup [NurPhoto/Getty]

Israeli officials visited Khartoum a week after the military coup in Sudan, local media revealed on Monday, meeting with Sudanese generals to assess the local situation. 

The delegation met with several top military commanders including Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo - also known as "Hemetti" - the leader of a powerful Sudanese paramilitary force, Israeli media reported.

Weeks before the coup, Dagalo had travelled to Israel to meet members of the Israeli National Security Council and officials in the prime minister's office.

Israel has kept a low profile regarding its relationship with Khartoum and the new junta and unlike most Western countries has not issued any statements against the military takeover of power. 

Some observers interpret the silence as a sign of support for the military. Sudanese security leaders have been seen as more active in normalisation efforts towards Israel than civilian members of the former government.

Sudan agreed to normalisation with Israel last year, reportedly in exchange for the US removing Sudan from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Sudan has been headed by a joint civilian-military transitional government since 2019, after former President Omar Al-Bashir was ousted from power in the aftermath of a popular revolution.

On 25 October, the military branch of Sudan's transitional government - led by army head General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan - decreed a nationwide state of emergency, detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and top civilian officials, and dissolved the civilian-headed government. 

Protesters have taken to the street en masse to denounce the coup but have been met with deadly violence from the armed forces.