(L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 29, 2018; and Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk during a meeting in the capital Khartoum
(L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk
Photo: AFP
(L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk

Israel to send $5 million worth of wheat to Sudan

The African country will receive Israeli aid as part normalization agreement between the two states; 'We are looking forward to a warm peace with our new friends in Sudan,' Netanyahu says on Twitter

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Published: 10.26.20 , 10:23
Israel will send $5 million worth of wheat to Sudan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Sunday, just days after an announcement that the two countries have agreed to normalise relations.
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  • "We are looking forward to a warm peace and are sending $5 million worth of wheat immediately to our new friends in Sudan," Netanyahu's office said on Twitter.
    (L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 29, 2018; and Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk during a meeting in the capital Khartoum (L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 29, 2018; and Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk during a meeting in the capital Khartoum
    (L to R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk
    (Photo: AFP)
    Sudan has embarked on a rocky transition under a joint civilian-military administration since the April 2019 ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir, but it has struggled with severe economic woes, including a sharp depreciation of the Sudanese pound and skyrocketing consumer prices.
    A tripling of the bread price late in 2018 was the initial trigger for street protests against Bashir that led to his ouster.
    The northeast African country consumes two million tonnes of wheat annually, according to official figures, relying heavily on imports.
    "Israel will be working closely with the USA to assist Sudan's transition," Netanyahu added.
     Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir sits at the defendant's cage during his trial a courthouse in Khartoum Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir sits at the defendant's cage during his trial a courthouse in Khartoum
    Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir sits at the defendant's cage during his trial a courthouse in Khartoum
    (Photo: AP)
    The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed an accord at the White House last month to normalise ties with the Jewish state, but Sudan carries added symbolism as an Arab nation that has been at war with Israel.
    News of the Sudan-Israel normalisation came on Friday, shortly after US President Donald Trump declared that Washington was formally moving to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, a designation that strangled Khartoum's economy for decades.
    Sudan will be only the fifth Arab country to forge diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
    President Donald Trump talks on a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, applaudPresident Donald Trump talks on a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, applaud
    President Donald Trump talks on a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, applaud
    (Photo: AP)
    "Soon an Israeli delegation will meet in Sudan with a Sudanese counterpart in order to discuss cooperation in many fields including migration, which we are discussing," Netanyahu said, in remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting Sunday.
    "We are expanding the circle of peace. Additional countries will yet join only if we consistently adhere to this policy."
    The move to normalise ties has laid bare deep societal splits in Sudan, with some calling it a betrayal and others viewing it as a way to save the sinking economy.

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