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Sudan’s Burhan coordinated with Hamdok before meeting Israel Netanyahu

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March 1, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Mohamed al-Faki, a civilian member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council reiterated that Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had coordinated his meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On 3 February, al-Burhan held an announced meeting with Netanyahu to discuss ways to normalizing bilateral relations.

"I have taken this step driven by my responsibility to work tirelessly to protect and maintain Sudanese national security and achieve the supreme interests of the Sudanese people," al-Burhan said in a statement issued late after the meeting.

The government’s spokesman Faisal Mohamed Saleh after the meeting stated that the government was not aware of the meeting and recalled that the country’s foreign policy is conducted by the government, not the collegial presidency.

In an interview with the Emirati Alroeya newspaper on Sunday, al-Faki who is also the Council spokesman denied Saleh’s statement saying he was informed about the meeting.

“When we received a report on the (visit), we knew that the matter could support our position in international politics. So, we formed a mini committee headed by Hamdok, including the foreign minister and members of the various security services to assess the relationship".

"Our recommendation was if there is something that serves Sudan, and our reintegration into the international community, then there is no objection to this relationship," he told Alroeya alluding to the US sanctions on Sudan.

Al-Faki said the relationship between the government and the Sovereign council has not been affected following the meeting and stressed they are working in full harmony.

Speaking about the defence and interior minister who are appointed by the military component in the transitional authority, the Sudanese official said they are members of a government headed by the prime minister and responsible before him.

At the time, the FFC coalition, which formed the government, the criticised the meeting insisting that al-Burhan has no authority on Sudan’s foreign policy.

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  • 1 March 12:30, by Fathi

    I now believe that civilian government had knowledge of the meeting. Even if this is true, Mohamed al-Faki should’ve not commented on the matter rather than shifting blame toward the PM. Let the story die down. Why bring it back up? Just say no comment and move on.

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    • 1 March 12:35, by Fathi

      At the same time, the civilian representatives should never lie to the people. Timing of the meeting was awful and was an opportunistic moment for Netanyahu before the 3rd round of elections.
      FFC shouldn’t have voiced their disapproval. This will limit international support should they need it in the future.

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      • 1 March 12:40, by Fathi

        Sudanese public should relax. Normalizing relations doesn’t mean you support oppression of Palestinians.
        One of the main reasons the US doesn’t support democracy in the middle east & north africa is because they know the public’s opinion toward Israel. Meanwhile dictators/monarchs make deals with Israel behind closed doors & allow exploitation of resources.

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        • 2 March 04:02, by Not your taste

          Fathi,
          Understanding of geopolitical and socioeconomic issues that patterns to a nation’s interest goes beyond petty religious dieheart believes. The same Plastenians, all Arabs nations cried loud are the same ppl with the Israeli, in Hebran, Heifa, etc. Let Sudanese leaders mind issues that will benefit Sudanese ppl. Learn from UAE, Saudi, where Mecca is, Jordanian, and Egyptians period. Sudan fo

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          • 2 March 09:27, by Fathi

            That’s exactly what I’m saying. We should’ve made peace and maintained it ever since Egypt did. This is not our battle anymore. I sympathize with the palestinians but the arabs governments have all betrayed the cause. We have no business taking on Israel & their western backers alone.

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