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Sudan says alliance with U.S. and Israel caused regime collapse in the Arab world

February 12, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail said today that the “chaos” that hit governments in the region were a result of their loyally to the West namely U.S. and Israel.

Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail (AFP)
Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail (AFP)
Ismail was quoted by pro-government Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website as saying that Sudan respects the will of the Egyptian people and wishes for Egypt’s stability and to resume its leading role in the Arab and Islamic world.

Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule over the most populous Arab state was brought to a tumultuous end Friday after weeks of protests across Egypt. His departure followed the flight of Tunisia’s long-time leader Zain al-Abidine Ben Ali to Saudi Arabia.

Mubarak has been a strong backer of the Sudanese government and president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir particularly in the face of the arrest warrant issued for him by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The deposed ruler had pressed Arab Gulf states and the U.S. to recognize the 1989 coup led by Bashir which he saw as more friendly regime than that of the one led by Sudanese prime minister Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi who came to power through democratic elections in 1986 before being toppled.

Ismail said that Sudan does not fear the occurrence of Tunisian and Egyptian revolts in the country saying that Khartoum is ruled by God’s Islamic laws and thus they does not fear the arrogance of the West that seeks to tear the Arabic-Islamic fiber.

Ironically, the Sudanese presidential adviser was one of the first officials who acknowledged the deep counter-terrorism cooperation with the U.S. in 2005.

Ismail speaking to Los Angeles Times in 2005, said that his government “served as the eyes and ears of the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] in Somalia”.

The then Sudan spy chief Salah Gosh in 2007 said that cooperation with the CIA spared them “destructive backlash” by the U.S. following the 9/11 attacks

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