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Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Haidar Badawi Sadiq

Sky News Arabia reported Tuesday night that Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Haidar Badawi Sadiq announced his country is looking forward to a peace agreement with Israel, based on parity and the interest of Khartoum, “without sacrificing values ​​and constants (السودان: نتطلع لاتفاق سلام مع إسرائيل)”

The spokesman, who spoke to Sky News Arabia, added that “there is no reason for the continuation of hostility between Sudan and Israel,” noting: “We do not deny the existence of contacts” between the two countries.

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Sadiq made it clear that both Sudan and Israel would reap benefits from a peace agreement between them. The spokesman indicated that the Sudanese Foreign Ministry is looking forward to leading contacts with the Israeli side, in order to sign a peace agreement.

The Sudanese diplomat praised the UAE’s move to sign a peace treaty with Israel, describing it as “bold and courageous that charts the right course for the rest of the Arab countries.”

Sudanese musicians, March 25, 2016 / Nina R via Flickr

The Republic of the Sudan is bordered by Egypt to the north, Libya to the northwest, Chad to the west, the Central African Republic to the southwest, South Sudan to the south, Ethiopia to the southeast, Eritrea to the east, and the Red Sea to the northeast. It has a population of 43 million, making it Africa’s third-largest country and also the third-largest in the Arab world. It was the largest country in Africa and the Arab world by area before the secession of South Sudan in 2011.

Between 1989 and 2019, Sudan experienced a 30-year-long military dictatorship led by Omar al-Bashir and accused of widespread human rights abuses including torture, persecution of minorities and notably, ethnic genocide due to its role in the War in the Darfur region that broke out in 2003. Overall, the regime killed between 300,000 and 400,000 individuals. Protests erupted in late 2018, demanding Bashir’s resignation, which resulted in a successful coup d’état on April 11, 2019.

Sudan’s GDP in 2018 was $40.85 billion. Israel’s GDP in 2018 was $370.6 billion.

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