Sudan Hints Yes to Israel, Then It Says No, Then It Says Soon

Will Sudan become the third member of the Arab League this year to normalize ties with Israel? Rumors and mixed messages abound. Here’s what we know.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on August 25, 2020 in Khartoum. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on August 25, 2020 in Khartoum. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.

Observation
Oct. 2 2020
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James Barnett is an independent researcher and writer focusing on political and security issues in Africa and the Middle East.


Ever since the Trump administration announced on August 13 that the UAE would normalize ties with Israel, speculation and rumors have abounded that Sudan would soon follow suit. The spokesman for the Sudanese foreign ministry, Haider Badawi Saddiq, seemed to confirm this just days after the announcement when he told Sky News Arabia that his government was preparing to sign an agreement with Israel.

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