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The former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, mocked his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, after meeting the President of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.
“This is funny,” Olmert said. “It is just part of the election campaigning, nothing more,” he said during a phone call to the Israeli Knesset channel, this evening, Tuesday.
Netanyahu and Al-Burhan met privately in Entebbe, at the headquarters of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, and agreed to gradually normalize relations, according to Israeli media.
ראש הממשלה לשעבר, אהוד אולמרט, התראיין ל@ mazalm3 ב”פרלמנט צהריים “והתייחס לפגישת רה”מ @netanyahu באנטבה עם מנהיג סודן: “זה מצחיק, חלק מתעלולי הבחירות שאין מאחוריהן שום דבר”. בנוסף, תקף את רה”מ: “נמצא בשלב מאוד מתקדם של איבוד עשתונות” pic.twitter.com/XA03xmkifY
– ערוץ כנסת (@KnessetT) February 4, 2020
Netanyahu said after the meeting that he believed Sudan was moving in a new and positive direction. According to Netanyahu’s office, this was said to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
On Sunday, Pompeo invited Al-Burhan to visit Washington in a phone call, while this would be the first such trip by a Sudanese leader in three decades.
Netanyahu’s office said that the proof expressed its interest in modernizing its country and removing it from international isolation.
An Israeli source said, according to the “Times of Israel” newspaper, Monday, that Israel expects that the Israeli airlines can fly over Sudan in the near future.
And the proof is the president of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, a 11-member group that runs the country until November 2022, when the date for democratic elections will be decided.
In September, just days after the new Sudanese government was sworn in, the new Sudanese foreign minister, Asma Abdullah, indicated that her country would be interested in establishing relations with Israel.