Sudan and the United States discussed how Khartoum could advance Arab-Israeli peace, authorities said on Wednesday.
Meeting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a Sudanese delegation and US officials held talks on how peace could stabilize the region and secure a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the Sovereign Council told the power.
A Sudanese team led by General Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, head of the council, flew to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday to meet with US officials on several issues, including the removal of Sudan from the US list of “States sponsors of terrorism”.
The officials from Sudan held serious and frank talks on the future of Arab-Israeli peace, which would lead to “stability in the region and preserve the right of the Palestinian people to establish their state according to the vision of a two-state solution, ”a council statement said after the delegation returned.
The two sides also discussed “the role Sudan should play in achieving this peace,” he said, without giving details.
The United Arab Emirates, one of the United States’ main regional partners, and Bahrain normalized relations with Israel this month under deals brokered by Washington, the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to break up a long-standing taboo.
In August, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the issue of establishing relations between Sudan and Israel during a visit. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok told him at the time that he had no mandate to do so.
The council, made up of military and civilians, has been in charge of Sudan since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir last year.
Ties with Israel are a sensitive issue in Sudan, which was among Israel’s extremist Arab enemies under al-Bashir.
In February, al-Burhan met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda, a meeting condemned by Sudanese protesters. He then cast doubt on a speedy normalization of relations, although Israeli planes soon began to fly over Sudan.
The talks also addressed lifting Sudan from the list of US terrorism, hampering its ability to access foreign loans to cope with an economic crisis, the council said, without giving details.