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Washington ultimatum to Khartoum; Compromise with Tel Aviv before the US presidential election.
In an interview with Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, an official familiar with the US negotiations with Sudan revealed new details about the process of negotiations between the two sides regarding the normalization of relations with the Zionist regime.
According to the report, the source revealed that Washington had informed Khartoum that the removal of Sudan from the US State Department terrorist list was entirely conditional on a compromise with Tel Aviv.
On the other hand, the official revealed that the United States has asked the Sudanese government to expedite practical steps to normalize relations before the start of the presidential election.
The Trump Administration is trying to foster additional peace agreements between Israel and Arab states, particularly ahead of November’s US presidential election, and numerous sources say Sudan may be next in line.
Numerous news reports and statements indicate that Sudan is ready to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain if Washington removes Khartoum from its list of countries sponsoring terrorism and provides significant economic aid, starting with an immediate grant of more than $3 billion.
A Sudanese delegation led by Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the ruling Sovereignty Council, visited the UAE on Sunday for talks with American officials on several issues, including the removal of Sudan from the US terrorism list.
Dr. Mansour El-Kikhia, a Libyan American professor of political science and geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio, told The Media Line that “US pressure on Sudan, the birthplace of the Arab League, to sell out the Palestinians by signing a peace accord with Israel is well on its way.”
Talks between Khartoum and Washington ended with a promise that normalization would come very soon, he said.
“The US’s attempts at convincing Kuwait and Qatar as well as Saudi Arabia to follow in the footsteps of the UAE and Bahrain didn’t go very far, with [Riyadh] insisting on normalization only after the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza on the pre-1967 borders,” the professor said.
“Why Sudan?” he asked, adding that the explanation was quite simple: “Three factors are in play.”
El-Kikhia pointed that Sudan was in desperate economic straits and need more than $4 billion to overcome devastating floods and a weak economy that needed to be resuscitated with oil and food shipment from the US and the UAE. “With oil prices in the cellar, Sudan’s access to funds is difficult.”
Additionally, there was the compensation the US was demanding Khartoum pay to victims of terrorism or their relatives. “Normalization with Israel would hasten its removal from the list, along with some sort of accommodation on the compensation,” he said.
El-Kikhia further indicated that Sudan along with Egypt was locked in a bitter conflict with Ethiopia over the latter’s new Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile.
“The dam has reduced the volume of water that reaches Sudan from the river to a trickle and that in turn will have a devastating impact on Sudan’s economy. The US has supported Sudan’s position and is in the process of applying sanctions on Ethiopia. The quid pro quo is evident in this case: sign an accord with Israel and continue receiving US support in this issue. The US is angry at Ethiopia since it became the gateway for China’s new intrusion into Africa,” he said.
El-Kikhia added that the agreements with Israel had opened access to a segment of the US arms industry that had been blocked until now by the Israeli lobby in Washington.
“The tip of the iceberg is the [planned] sale [to the UAE] of the new, sophisticated F-35 stealth fighter, at a cost of $850 million apiece. The UAE-Israel accord said nothing about the Palestinians because the issue was never the Palestinians. Indeed, they are the down payment,” he said.
Debate within Sudan on the issue of normalization has been heated, after then-Foreign Ministry spokesman Haidar Badawi demanded on September 19 that al-Burhan tell the Sudanese people what was going on under the table with Israel.
“Respect your people and reveal to them what is going on in secret about the relationship with Israel,” Badawi said. He was fired for revealing that his country was seeking to establish relations with Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu welcomed al-Burhan’s words, saying they “reflect the courageous decision taken by the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, which called for work to strengthen relations between the two countries.”