Khartoum(ANN)-Head of the Sudanese Nation Umma Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi, announced on Sunday that normalisation with the Israeli occupation will not serve Sudan’s interests.

Al-Mahdi’s statement comes in light of the escalating controversy in the country after a recently held meeting between the president of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

In an article published on his party’s official Facebook page, Al-Mahdi announced that: “Normalisation with the Israeli occupation will neither support Sudan financially nor remove the sanctions imposed on it.”

He added: “He who says that normalisation with the Israeli occupation will serve Sudan’s interests is delusional.”

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Al-Mahdi continued: “Maintaining relations with the Israeli occupation, within the framework of peace and justice for the Palestinians, is possible, but under the terms of the Deal of the Century it can only be perceived as an act of treason of our country, nation, Islam and the world in general.”

On 28 January, Washington presented a plan for “peace in the Middle East”, which was rejected in the Arab and Muslim region, and considered as a violation of the rights of the Palestinian people.

Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu tweeted that, within days, an Israeli team will develop a plan to “expand the scope of cooperation” with Sudan, with the aim of “normalising relations” with Khartoum.

Netanyahu indicated that this step is a continuation of the “historic meeting” he had with Al-Burhan, on 3 February in the Ugandan city of Entebbe, while the latter confirmed that the meeting would serve “the interests of Sudan”.

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Sudan is facing economic crises under the weight of the imposed international sanctions, which pushed the country to the brink of protests, leading to the ousting of former president, Omar Al-Bashir, and the initiation of a transitional period, that the Sudanese hope will meet their aspirations and lead to holding elections in the country.

Source: Memo