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Sudan's push to normalize relations with Israel nothing but mirage: Hamas official

Iran Press TV

Saturday, 23 May 2020 2:19 PM

A high-ranking official with the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has denounced Sudan's decision to move toward forging normal relations with Israel, describing such attempts as nothing but a "mirage."

"My message to the Sudanese government is: You are free in your internal and external policies, and we do not dictate anything to anyone. However, normalization with Israel is simply a … mirage as regards [national] interests," Sudan's Popular Congress Party, citing Khaled Meshaal, wrote on its official Facebook page late on Friday, the London-based and Arabic-language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi reported on Saturday.

Meshaal was the Hamas political bureau chief. He now lives in exile in the Qatari capital city of Doha.

Meshaal added, "Khartoum has a special place in the Palestinians' memory; so we do not expect you to irritate us with any concessions."

The senior Hamas figure then pointed to the eagerness of his group to develop relations with Sudan's Sovereign Council on the basis of non-interference in the internal affairs of the Northeast African country.

Meshaal then opposed any meeting of any Arab leader with Israeli authorities, describing the February 3 meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Sudan's Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in the city of Entebbe in central Uganda as a "painful event."

At the time, senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called Burhan's meeting with Netanyahu "a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and a flagrant walkout on the [so-called] Arab Peace Initiative," according to a statement published by the official WAFA news agency.

The so-called Arab Peace Initiative, which was proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002, calls on Israel to agree to a "two-state solution" along the 1967 borders and a "just" solution to the Palestinian refugee issue.

Meshaal finally emphasized that there is a general consensus among Palestinians about rejection of the controversial plan laid out by US President Donald Trump on the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, dubbed 'deal of century', saying the initiative aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause.

The so-called "peace" plan envisions Jerusalem al-Quds as "Israel's undivided capital" and allows the Tel Aviv regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley. The plan also denies Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homeland, among other controversial terms.

Trump's plan has triggered waves of protest rallies around the globe.

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