Khartoum | WTNS | October 22:An Israeli delegation has traveled to Sudan to discuss normalization between Tel Aviv and Khartoum amid the US’s attempts to persuade or pressure Arab nations to forge diplomatic ties with Israel.
Israeli public broadcaster Kan radio said the delegation visited Sudan on Wednesday, but gave no further details about the discussions held in Khartoum.
Meanwhile, Israeli intelligence minister Eli Cohen told Israel’s Channel 13 News that he believed the Tel Aviv regime was “very close to normalizing ties with Sudan.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office and the Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to comment when asked about prospects for a breakthrough with Sudan.
The visit comes amid American attempts to get more Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel before the November election.
US President Donald Trump has said that “at least five or six countries” are poised to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in normalizing relations with Israel.
Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis said that the US would announce another deal establishing ties between Israel and an Arab or Muslim country before the US election.
He claimed several countries were candidates to normalize relations with Israel, but declined to name them.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the United States had begun the process of removing Sudan from its “terrorism list” and was also working “diligently” to get Khartoum to recognize Israel.