Sudan defends diplomatic relationship with Israel

Amid the many human right abuse allegations levied on Israel against Gaza, the head of Sudan’s transitional government, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, has justified its ongoing diplomatic relationship with Israel.

Al-Burhan said it had “nothing to do with the right of the Palestinians to create their own state.”

Hostilities between Gaza and Israel have reached heightened levels in the past few weeks as over 200 deaths including 58 children and 28 women have been reported from Gaza while Israel has claimed 10 casualties.

The high casualty on the Gaza side has fingered Israel as the main aggressor in the conflict and it has increased mounting pressures on Israeli affiliations.

Sudan is one of these countries and in January, entering into the diplomatic relationship helped remove Sudan from United States list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco are other countries that have established a relationship with Israel.

“Normalization has nothing to do with the right of Palestinians to create their own state,” Burhan told broadcaster France 24 on the sidelines of an economic conference in Paris.

It is a “reconciliation with the international community which includes Israel.”

“What is happening in Gaza against defenseless civilians is regrettable,” said Burhan, reiterating Sudan’s position for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the creation of a Palestinian state.

Khartoum maintained a strict anti-Israel stance during the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted in April 2019 following mass protests.

The transitional government in place since August 2019 is trying to end Sudan’s international isolation and revive its crisis-stricken economy.

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