Political parties in Sudan have rejected the government’s decision to normalize relations with Israel. Officials are saying they will form an opposition front against the agreement.
Masses of Sudanese people staged a protest in the capital Khartoum on Friday consequent to the joint statement from Israel, Sudan and the United States on Friday saying that the two countries agreed to “end the state of belligerence between their nations”.
An official statement from Sudan’s Popular Congress Party, the second most prominent component of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) political coalition, noted that Sudanese people are not obligated to accept the normalization deal.
The statement said, “We see that our people, who are being systematically isolated and marginalised from secret deals, are not bound by the normalisation agreement,”
“Our people will abide by their historical positions and work through a broad front to resist normalisation and maintain our support for the Palestinian people in order for them to obtain all their legitimate rights.”
Former Prime Minister for Sudan Sadiq al-Mahdi also criticized the announcement, adding that he withdrew from a government-organised religious conference on Saturday in Khartoum in protest.
Al-Mahdi, who is the country’s last democratically elected premier and heads the country’s largest political party also said that “This statement contradicts the Sudanese national law … and contributes to the elimination of the peace project in the Middle East and to preparing for the ignition of a new war.”