Sudan PM Tells Pompeo He is not Authorized to Forge Relations With Israel

KHARTOUM (Somaliguardian) – Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday not to link Sudan’s removal from sponsors of terrorism list to the issue of normalizing ties with Israel.

Pompeo flew from Israel on what he said was the first official non-stop flight between the two countries, as the Trump administration promotes stronger Sudan-Israel ties.

After his arrival in Khartoum, he met Hamdok and ruling council head Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan who urged him to speed up efforts to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The United States has been restoring relations with Sudan following the toppling of former leader Omar al-Bashir in 2018 after mass protests.

Pompeo’s visit follows an accord between Israel and the UAE this month to normalize relations and comes as Israel and the US push more Arab countries to follow.

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