Arabic Press Review: UAE mediates between Sudan and Israel to normalise relations
Sources told London-based newspaper The New Arab that the meeting was attended by high-ranking Emirati official.
The UAE recently arranged an unannounced meeting between the vice president of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, Commander of the Rapid Support Forces Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemeti), and the head of the Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, to discuss prospects for normalization with Israel.
Sources told London-based newspaper The New Arab that the meeting was attended by high-ranking Emirati officials, including Tahnoun bin Zayed, the UAE national security adviser.
They also underlined that there is a demand on the part of the Sudanese military to develop the level of relations with Israel, stressing at the same time that “the Emirati role is decisive in accelerating the spread of this attitude among several Arab governments and officials.”
However, the spokesperson for the transitional Sovereignty Council, Mohammed al-Faki Suleiman, has denied any information about a meeting between Hemeti and Cohen.
He said the Sovereignty Council had not discussed anything in this respect recently, according to The New Arab.
Suleiman said an agreement had taken place between the Sovereignty Council, the Council of Ministers, and the Forces of Freedom and Change in February, following the meeting between the chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The agreement reportedly handed over the entire file to the executive authority, represented by the Council of Ministers, to look into and evaluate, considering that managing the foreign relations file is an executive and not a sovereign matter, according to the text of the constitutional document.
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