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Asharq Al-Awsat
Asharq Al-Awsat
Khartoum - Ahmed Younis

Israeli Security Delegation Meets Military Leaders in Sudan

People hold Sudanese flags during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan (Reuters)

A high-ranking official Israeli security delegation arrived in Khartoum Wednesday to meet with Sudanese military and security leaders.

The visit is part of a series of meetings between Khartoum and Tel Aviv since the top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, met with former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Entebbe, Uganda, in February 2020.

Sudan signed the Abrahamic Accords on January 6, 2021, and normalized relations with Israel.

Sources in Khartoum reported that the delegation is expected to hold meetings with Burhan, his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, and the chief of General Intelligence, Ahmed Ibrahim Mufaddal.

Sudanese and Israeli authorities did not reveal the nature of those discussions, but a source told Asharq Al-Awsat that they were limited to the security aspects and recent developments in the country.

The Israeli public broadcaster, Kan, reported that a high-level delegation arrived from Tel Aviv for a visit that lasts hours, during which talks will be held with Sudanese military leaders.

Kan indicated that the Israeli delegation took off from Ben Gurion Airport in the morning and made a "diplomatic stopover" in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt before leaving for Sudan.

The Israeli Prime Minister's office did not confirm or deny the news.

The broadcaster gave brief information about the visit without specifying the names or ranks of the participants.

The last visit of an Israeli delegation to Sudan was in November, chaired by the head of the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, according to Kan. Khartoum did not disclose the purpose of the secret visit.

Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that a senior official in the Rapid Support Forces received the visiting delegation at Khartoum airport.

The delegation’s visit came in light of the complex political and economic situations in Sudan.

In recent weeks, Sudan has been in turmoil amid daily anti-coup protests and clashes with the security forces.

On Monday, the security forces killed seven people and wounded hundreds of others. As a result, the Forces for Freedom and Change called for two days of civil disobedience on Tuesday.

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