Israeli Delegation Visited Khartoum After Military Coup

Israel has not yet given an official comment on the military coup, as the normalization deal with Sudan remains relatively underdeveloped

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Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan at the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum last week.
Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan at the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum last week.Credit: Marwan Ali / AP
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

An Israeli delegation including Mossad officials visited Khartoum a week after the military coup in Sudan, though Israel continues to maintain a low profile regarding its relationship to the African country since the takeover.

The visit was first reported Monday by the Sudanese news website "Al-Sudani." The report did not specify the nature or purpose of the visit nor the specific dates on which it occurred. 

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Israel has not yet given an official comment on the coup.

Over the past few weeks, Israel maintained close relations with officials in Sudan, with whom a normalization agreement was signed last year as part of the Abraham Accords.

After the revolt, an Israeli source denied accusations that Israel was involved in the recent events in the African country.

Over the past year, Israel had been working to advance its relationship with Sudan, which had remained relatively underdeveloped in comparison to those with other members of the accords, such as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

A diplomatic source said the reason for the lack of progress is that "the country's internal situation made it difficult for them to advance relations with Israel like the other countries did."

The U.S. State Department said last week that it is necessary to reevaluate Israeli-Sudanese normalization efforts due to the military takeover.

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