Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen led the first-ever official delegation to Sudan to discuss advancing the two nations’ agreement to normalize relations, that was brokered by the United States in October 2020.
“I am confident this visit lays the foundations for many important collaborations that will assist both Israel and Sudan as well as security stability in the region,” commented the Israeli Cabinet Minister.
There has been no immediate comment from Sudanese officials.
According to a statement from his office, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan discussed opportunities to enhance Washington’s partnership with Jerusalem “over the coming months” during a telephone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat, “including by building on the success of Israel’s normalization arrangements with UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.”
Cohen, the first minister to head such a trip, said he held talks with Sudanese leaders, and that the Israeli delegation discussed a series of diplomatic and security issues with their hosts, as well as future economic cooperation.
Khartoum agreed to reciprocate by sending a Sudanese delegation to Israel in the near future, according to a statement from Jerusalem.