The Sudanese Minister of Investment, Al-Hadi Ibrahim, said that abolishing the Israel boycott law provides his country with the opportunity to integrate into international organizations, strengthen cooperation, increase commodity, commercial exchange, and the flow of foreign investments.
Sudanese Minister of Investment, Al-Hadi Ibrahim, defended the abolition of the Israel boycott law, saying it restricted and prevented Sudan from dealing with many important international organizations.
A joint meeting between the Sudanese Sovereignty Council and the Council of Ministers last week approved a bill abolishing the law that had existed in Sudan since 1958.
The Israel Boycott Law prohibits Sudanese citizens from entering an agreement of any kind with bodies or persons residing in Israel, or with bodies or persons who work for or belong to the state of Israel.
The law also prohibits entry, exchange, or trade in Israeli goods, whether received from Israel directly or indirectly.
The law punished violation with a 10-year imprisonment and a fine.
In an interview with Sudan News Agency (SUNA) Saturday, the Sudanese Minister of Investment described the boycott law as “bad.”
He stressed that Sudan cannot deal with international financial organizations without getting rid of this law.
The Minister explained that Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and other Gulf countries, along with Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, had all established normal relations with Israel.
Mr. Al-Hadi also noted that removing the boycott decision does not mean that there is a normal relationship with Israel.
He stressed however, that abolishing the law provides a very great opportunity for Sudan to integrate into international organizations, the international community and financial institutions to enhance cooperation, increase commodity, commercial exchange, and the flow of foreign investments.