Sudanese minister praises Israel, criticises Palestinians

Sudan’s Minister of Investment has called on Khartoum to normalise relations with Israel.

Mubarak al-Fadil al-Mahdi made the comments on national television, while also accusing the Palestinian people of “selling out.” “They sold their land [to Israelis],” he said. “One can agree with the Israelis or disagree with them, but they have a democratic regime,” he added.

According to Mahdi, his words were representative of his contemporaries in the ruling elite. The minister claimed there had been a shift in political opinion with regards to normalising relations with Israel since January.

“The issue was discussed during the Sudan National Dialogue Conference,” the minister said, adding that a number of ministers voted to change foreign policy towards Israel.

Israel’s Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara, reacted to the minister’s comments by inviting Mahdi to Israel for an official visit.

Sudan does not recognise Israel and has no diplomatic ties to the country. Egypt and Jordan have formal peace treaties with Israel and Qatar and the UAE have had, or do have, informal relations with Israel.

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