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Sudanese security delegation said to secretly visit Israel

Al Arabiya says officials from Sudan spent two days on trip to discuss bilateral ties, after agreeing to normalize relations

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 delegation of Sudanese security officials made a secret trip to Israel, according to Arabic reports Friday.

The delegation spent two days in Israel to discuss bilateral relations, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya network reported, without providing further details or specifying which Sudanese officials visited.

Hebrew media also cited an unspecified Arabic report that said the delegation was led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the powerful commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, and also included the head of Sudan’s state-run defense manufacturer.

The reports did not say when the reported trip took place.

Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize ties last year as part of the US-led Abraham Accords. However, the development of relations has moved slower than with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco, all of which Israel also normalized ties with.

In an interview last month, Sudan’s foreign minister downplayed the ties and said there are currently no plans to establish an Israeli embassy in Khartoum.

Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo speaks at a ceremony in the capital Khartoum, Sudan, in August 2019. (AP Photo)

Nonetheless, in April, the Sudanese cabinet abolished a 63-year-old Israel boycott law, and last month Sudanese authorities seized assets of companies linked to the Hamas terror group, which rules the Gaza Strip.

The normalization agreement still needs to be approved by the Sudanese parliament, but that has not yet been established, as the country is still in a transition of power following a military coup.

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