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Sudan’s Burhan and Hamdok agree to enhance coordination


Al-Burhan (C) meets Hamdok (R) at the presidency with Hemetti, Aisha Musa and Tawer on 6 February 2020 (SC photo)
February 6, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The head of the Sovereign Council and the prime minister of Sudan Thursday agreed to overcome the political crisis raised by the meeting with the Israeli prime minister and to enhance joint coordination to achieve the goals of the transitional period.

The meeting between Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Abdallah Hamdok took place on Thursday evening after separate meetings held with them by three members of the Sovereign Council: Mohamed Hamdan Hemetti, Aisha Musa and Siddig Tawer.

In a first time, the three members of the Sovereign agreed with the prime minister on the need to work together to achieve the goals of the revolution and implement the transitional period, according to a short dispatch by the official news agency, SUNA.

Later on, the spokesman of the Sudanese presidency and member of the Sovereign Council Mohamed al-Faki released a laconic statement announcing that al-Buran and Hamdok held a meeting at the Sudanese presidency with the participation of the three members of the Sovereign Council who turned mediators.

"The joint meeting stressed the importance of continued consultation between the institutions of the Transitional Authority to achieve stability ( in the country)," al-Faki further said.

Al-Burhan meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu triggered a dissent between him and Hamdok as the later said that the head of Sovereign Council breached the transitional constitutional when he met with Israeli head of government.

In line with the Constitutional Declaration, the Sovereign Council has limited attributions enumerated in the text while the government conducts the country’s internal and external affairs.

However, the gap has been widened on Wednesday when al-Burhan said he had informed Hamdok of the meeting with Netanyahu.

On the same day, the council of ministers issued a statement denying that Hamdok had been aware of the meeting.

Reactions from FFC forces

In a related development; Sadiq al-Mahdi the leader of the National Umma Party rejected the normalization with Israel saying it "is harmful to the national, Arab, and Islamic interests".

Al-Mahdi further said in a press conference held in Khartoum that al-Burhan’s meeting with Netanyahu, "has a bitter fruit and its results are negative."

For its part, the SPLM-N led by Malik Agar issued a statement calling for better coordination between the institutions of the transitional authority.

The further warned that the counter-revolutionary groups will use this rift against the democratic forces and the transitional authority.

"What is happening now could jeopardise the prospect of achieving peace which is our number one priority," stressed the SPLM-N Agar.

The group which signed a framework peace agreement, also, called on Sovereign Council and the Council of Ministers to draw a detailed to better determine the attributions of each Council for issues of peace, the economy, security, external relations etc.

"Excluding any one of the components of the transition would push Sudan into the unknown," further stressed the SPLM-N Agar.


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  • 7 February 13:23, by Fathi

    According Sadiq al Mahdi normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel are harmful for Sudan’s national interests. The truth is that normalization with Israel is harmful for Sadiq al Mahdi’s interests, which is to rule Sudan. The hypocritical international community now knows that there are other puppets that they can reach out to instead of him.

    • 7 February 13:27, by Fathi

      Don’t be fooled. We are surrounded by hypocrites who have formally normalized relations with Israel. Israel could easily convince any of them to support instability in Sudan. Continuing Bashir’s foreign policy will lead to more foreign backed covert wars in Sudan.

      • 7 February 13:44, by Fathi

        Sadiq al Mahdi said it is against Arab interests to normalize relations with Israel. Idk where this guy has been for the past couple decades. Morocco (50’s), Egypt (79), Saudi Arabia (before Israel existed and then after Faisal 75), Oman (2000), UAE (2010’s), Bahrain (90’s), Qatar (96), Jordan (94), Lebanon (on & off) have had public or nonpublic relations with Israel.

        • 7 February 13:46, by Fathi

          Even the Palestinians have had some relations with Israel. We all know one of them colluded with Israel in poisoning Yasser Arafat too. Then there are those so-called arab Israelis.

          • 7 February 13:50, by Fathi

            The majority of these Arabs are hypocritical traitors. I don’t give a damn about any outrage they have. The truth is, our relationship with Israel has led to Sudanese suffering far worse than most of these clowns. Israel has been a major cause of instability in Sudan and helped guide US policy to facilitate the secession of South Sudan (the size of france).

            • 7 February 13:56, by Fathi

              Don’t forget the Arab dictators propped up Bashir while some caused instability in Sudan. They’re also the ones supporting Burhan & Hemedti. They’re anger toward Israel is a facade. Don’t forget we helped Egypt regain the Sinai while they thanked us by stealing Halaib. Don’t forget Egypt helped Britain colonize Sudan. Sudan should’ve extended all the way to Aswan.

              • 7 February 13:59, by Fathi

                In fact, I would argue that MBS & MBZ are both zionists. Why should we show such loyalty to people who portray Sudanese people as dumb and have black face makeup on their face while hiding their racism by saying it’s just a joke.

                • 7 February 14:02, by Fathi

                  The truth is the arab people are against Israel, while their governments are almost all pro-Israel. This is why the US has never pushed for a democratic middle east and north africa.

                  • 7 February 14:06, by Fathi

                    Sudanese people need to consider Sudanese interests. We shouldn’t be more anti-israel than we are pro-Sudan, especially given the political stances toward Israel by Arab governments. We all know what they’re doing to the Palestinians is wrong. We also know Sudan can’t fight Israel & Israeli allies on our own. We should be careful expressing our outrage publicly during this unstable time.

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