Sudanese protest in Khartoum against normalization with 'Israel'
Sudanese people condemn the visit of Israeli occupation FM to Khartoum.
Dozens of Sudanese on Monday demonstrated in the center of Khartoum to protest against the visit of the Israeli occupation Foreign Minister Eli Cohen to the country and the bilateral announcement of advancing normalization steps between Khartoum and "Tel Aviv".
Demonstrators organized a protest in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, in central Khartoum, to express their condemnation of Cohen's visit, chanting slogans: "Leave, Burhan," "Al-Quds is ours," and "Normalization is treason."
The demonstrators also burned the flag of the occupation.
Look at those brave women in Sudan protesting against normalization with #Apartheid #Israel pic.twitter.com/1afliwC1YS— Abier (@abierkhatib) February 6, 2023
The protest came at the invitation of the Sudanese Against Normalization coalition, which officially launched its activities in February 2020 to put pressure on Al-Burhan to stop the normalization process with the Israeli occupation.
وقفة احتجاجية في الخرطوم ضد التطبيع مع (إسرائيل)— محمود (أبو زياد) (@AbuZiad486) February 5, 2023
نفّذ عشرات السودانيين، اليوم الأحد وقفة احتجاجية بالعاصمة #الخرطوم اعتراضا على زيارة وزير الخارجية الإسرائيلي إيلي كوهين للبلاد وإعلان خطوات التطبيع بين البلدين.#التطبيع_خيانة #السودان_ضد_التطبيع ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/sSTYrlJMjJ
It is noteworthy that on February 2, the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council in Sudan, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, received Cohen in Khartoum, where the two discussed "ways to establish fruitful relations" and "prospects of cooperation" in various areas such as security and energy, according to a statement by the Council.
Many #Sudanese parties are expressing their rejection of the government's move to normalize relations with "Israel" especially after the news of Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen's visit to #Khartoum broke out earlier. pic.twitter.com/xR7aVRiNTi— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) February 5, 2023
The statement indicated that the meeting was not the first held between Al-Burhan and Israeli occupation officials. In 2020, the Sudanese army chief met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in the Ugandan city of Entebbe and later again after they allowed the Mossad delegation visiting Khartoum to visit and inspect the Defense Industries System.
Cohen said on Thursday that Sudan had agreed to "move forward" toward normalizing ties with "Israel".
Following a meeting between Cohen and his Sudanese counterpart Ali Al-Sadiq, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that "it has been agreed to move forward towards the normalization of relations between the two countries."
On Wednesday, Israeli media reported that Sudan is on its way toward officially signing the normalization agreements with the Israeli occupation, more commonly known as the "Abraham Accords", claiming that this was another feat for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In response to a question about whether Sudan was on the way to joining the normalization agreements now and officially, Israeli KAN public broadcaster political commentator Gili Cohen said, "yes", adding that "it is expected that the matter will be official, and Sudan is on the way to officially join the normalization agreements."
"This issue was raised in talks between US State Secretary Antony Blinken here in Israel, and in previous meetings that American officials held with the political leadership in Israel, from Netanyahu to President Herzog, Foreign Minister Cohen, and other officials," the Israeli commentator explained.
"Israel and the United States are also interested in expanding the normalization agreements, but in this case, Sudan announced that it intended to join the agreement, though there was no official signature. That was obstructed by the lengthy negotiations with the United States and the lack of stability in Sudan," she stressed.
On October 23, 2020, the White House announced that "Israel" and Sudan had agreed to normalize relations between them. Later, Sudan was removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism by Washington. Although Sudan announced its accession to the normalization agreements, it has not yet officially signed them.
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