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Sudan said hesitant to have public ties with Israel without White House signing cermony

This combination of pictures created on October 23, 2020, shows an Israeli flag during a rally in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on September 19, 2020; and a Sudanese flag during a gathering east of the capital Khartoum on June 3, 2020. (JACK GUEZ and ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)
This combination of pictures created on October 23, 2020, shows an Israeli flag during a rally in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on September 19, 2020; and a Sudanese flag during a gathering east of the capital Khartoum on June 3, 2020. (JACK GUEZ and ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

A senior diplomat in Sudan is quoted by the Kan public broadcaster explaining the country’s absence from last week’s US-hosted event celebrating the Abraham Accords, a series of normalization deals between Israel and several Arab nations.

The unnamed diplomat says it will be tough for Sudan to have public ties with Israel until the countries sign an agreement to establish diplomatic ties at the White House.

The online event Friday marked one year since the normalization deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were signed during a White House hosted by then US president Donald Trump. Sudan and Morocco later joined the accords, but neither held signing ceremonies at the White House.

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