Haidar Badawai Sadiqs firing was announced by SUNA, Sudans state news agency.
Badawi had been quoted by Sky News Arabia as saying he looked forward to a peace agreement with Israel and that he wouldnt deny contacts between Sudan and Israel. A deal would be in the best interest of both countries he said, adding: “There is no reason for the continuation of hostility between Sudan and Israel.”
Shortly after the comments were made public, Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus office said the prime minister welcomed the position of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry.
“Israel, Sudan and the entire region will benefit from the peace agreement and will be able—together—to build a better future for all peoples of the region. We will do whatever is necessary to turn vision into reality,” said Netanyahu, who met earlier this year with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the transitional head of Sudan, in Uganda. The secret meeting was denounced by Abdalla, Sudans prime minister.
Gabi Ashkenazi, Israels foreign minister, said Badawis announcement “highlights the fundamental change that is taking place in the Middle East in general, and in Sudan in particular, 53 years after the Khartoum Conference in which Sudan called for no recognition of the State of Israel.”
Also known as the Khartoum Arab Summit, the conference in 1967 featured nations agreeing to not undertake negotiations with Israel. Officials also said they wouldnt recognize Israel, which had recently triumphed in the Six-Day War, gaining the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and other land.
Later Tuesday, Omar Qamar al-Din, Sudans acting foreign minister, said Badawis comments were met “with astonishment.” Al-Din said his ministry hasnt discussed the issue of relations with Israel and downplayed Badawis authority.
“These statements have created an ambiguous situation that needs clarification,” the statement read.
Israel secured recognition from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week, the third such recognition from an Arab country in the existence of the Jewish nation.
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