KHARTOUM (Dispatches) – Sudan’s Islamic governmental authority has announced its opposition to Khartoum normalizing ties with the Zionist regime.
Local media reported that an Islamic Fatwa – a legal opinion based on Islamic law – was issued amid imminent reports that the two sides are due to sign agreements to establish normal relations, according to official sources.
Sudan has been technically at war with the Zionist regime for decades.
Last month, the Sudanese foreign minister-designate, Omar Qamar Al-Din, said that the U.S. administration had promised to study the possibility of removing Sudan from the American so-called "states sponsoring terrorism” list, if Khartoum established ties with the occupying regime.
"U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and put forward two files, the first is normalization between Sudan and Israel, and the second is to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism,” he told local Tayyar.
The U.S. started imposing economic sanctions on Sudan in 1997 and has been listing it as one of the countries sponsoring terrorism since 1993.
The country’s economy is in crisis, partly due to sanctions imposed because it is on a U.S. blacklist as an alleged state sponsor of terrorism.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has said that normalizing ties with the Zionist regime was a "complicated” issue needing wide debate within society, media reported Sunday.
Earlier this month, the occupying regime of Israel signed U.S.-brokered deals to normalize ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and has been enticing other Arab states to follow suit.
U.S. President Donald Trump wants Sudan to follow in the footsteps of the Arab regime.
Hamdok was questioned by reporters on the two issues of lifting U.S. sanctions and normalizing ties with Washington’s ally, the Zionist regime.
"We spoke with the U.S. Secretary of State and told him ‘let us separate the two tracks,’” Hamdok said, speaking on the sidelines of an economic conference in Khartoum.
Even if a normalization deal is struck between Sudan and the Zionist regime, the U.S. Congress must still pass a necessary legislation to restore Sudan’s sovereign immunity.