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New details surrounding Israeli delegation visit to Sudan

At a time when the second in command of the Rapid Support Forces militia, Abdel Riahim Dagalo, preparing himself to secretly welcome the Israeli delegation in Sudan on Friday, the Israeli broadcaster Kan 11 publicized the news, reporting that the delegation had arrived at Khartoum airport in order to hold negotiations with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and other military leaders.

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Kan 11 had reported that an Israeli delegation had arrived on a visit Wednesday to Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, but it had not revealed details around the nature of said delegation.

It reported that the Israeli plane, carrying an official delegation, had arrived in Sudan after a stop at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, before proceeding on its way to Khartoum.

Israeli planes makes layovers in countries it has official public relations with, before proceeding into countries it has no formal ties with.

The news was met with confusion by some army leaders, who had been unaware of the visit, and were surprised by the news through the Kan 11 report.

A military source told AlTaghyeer that the visit was arranged by the RSF militia’s second-in-command Abdel Rahim Dagalo, who quickly tried denying and covering up the arrangement, and pinning it on the Sudanese Armed Forces leaderships.

The source refused to reveal the identity and the number of the people in the delegation, saying that it was a matter of national security and that the meetings the delegation had held discussed security issues between both countries.

Newspapers in Khartoum reported that the delegation was set to hold meetings with Sovereignty Council leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, his deputy Mohammad Hamdan Dagalo, and the General intelligence chief Mohammed Ibrahim Mufadhal.

The official authorities in Sudan and Israel are yet to reveal anything surrounding the nature of these talks, but a source had informed AlTaghyeer that the Israeli had sent over a “security delegation” and held talks that revolved around security aspects and the latest developments in Sudan.

Experts believe that the visit that was arranged by Abdel Rahim Dagalo was not the first of its kind, and that he had met with an Israeli delegation in secret before, and had made deals with the delegation that some have described as “questionable”, making some army leaders move towards stopping those deals; a matter which had been reported about in local media outlets.

The experts stressed that the Rapid Support Forces militia leaders aim to strike a chord with Israel in order to take over the Sudanese army.

Prior Visit

The last visit an Israeli delegation had made to Sudan was in November, after the signing of the normalization agreement between Khartoum and Tel Aviv last year. The political crisis in Sudan, and the way things turned out after the military coup however, delayed the process of rapidly normalizing relations further between Israel and Sudan.

The Axios news website reported that US Preisdent Joe Biden’s management asked the Israeli government to use its “close ties to the leader of the coup and the real Sudanese president Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to encourage the army to bring back the civilian government.”

Axios stated that al-Burhan was a central figure in the normalization process between Tel Aviv and Khartoum.

“Him [al-Burhan] and other Sudanese generals were coordinating with communications officers at the national Israeli security council and the Mossad,” Axios reported.

The news website added that two weeks prior to the coup, a Sudanese military delegation visited Israel and held conversations with officials at the office of the Prime Minister and the Mossad.”

Against the Israeli Visit to Sudan

For its part, the Popular Powers to Resist Normalization in Sudan released a statement denouncing a “visit made by an Israeli delegation” to Sudan.

The anti-normalization movement said that it refuses any type of relations with “this entity [Israel].”

The statement continued that Israel “kept working overtly and covertly to tear up what is already torn up and divide up what’s already divided, and invest.”

Old Ties

According to the president of the Unified Socialist Party, Mohamed Ismat Yahya, Israel plays a major role in the Sudanese political scene.

Yahya told AlTaghyeer that the relations between Sudan and Israel are old ties, and not as new as many are led to believe.

“Whoever believes that ties between the two countries happened after al-Burhan met Netanyahu is gravely mistaken,” he said.

He referred to the delegation that made a visit to Sudan on Wednesday was proof that relations between Sudan and Israel actually exist.

Yahya asked those currently in charge of the country (the coup authorities) to be brave enough to disclose what is going on with the Israelis.

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