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Two Sudanese parties agreed yesterday that normalization with Israel is not part of the tasks and powers of the transitional government, but rather within the competence of the elected government. This came in a joint statement issued by the National Umma Party headed by Sadiq al-Mahdi and the Popular Congress (founded by the late Hassan Al-Turabi).

The statement added, “The two parties agreed that the issue of normalizing relations with Israel is of the core competence of the elected government, and not one of the tasks and powers of the transitional government.”

On Tuesday, the Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, in response to the request of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to normalize relations between Khartoum and Tel Aviv, said that his transitional government “does not have a mandate regarding the decision to normalize relations with Israel” as it is a government that is running a transitional phase that is supposed to end in the year 2022 elections will result in a government that can look into the matter.

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Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi said, on Saturday, that the country faces three options, which are chaos, a military coup, or jumping to early elections, which came in a statement by the Darfur Lawyers Association (civil), after the Mahdi met with a delegation at his home in Omdurman, west of the capital, Khartoum. The commission added: “During the meeting, Imam Al-Sadiq spoke about the current situation, and that the country faces three options: chaos, a military coup, or jumping to early elections, in light of the divergence and divergence of the positions of the forces of freedom and change, and the failures of Abdullah Hamdok’s government.”

And recently, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Haidar Badawi, said that his country is looking forward to normalizing its relations with Israel, statements that the Sudanese Foreign Ministry later disavowed and removed him from his post. The escalation of this dispute in Sudan comes days after the UAE announced the establishment of official relations with Israel. The Palestinian leadership, through a statement, “the UAE’s betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa, and the Palestinian cause.”

On August 13, US President Donald Trump announced that the UAE and Israel had reached an agreement to normalize relations between them.