largeThe Sudanese cabinet approved a bill on Tuesday to abolish the 63-year effective boycott of Israel, after Sudan had normalized diplomatic relations with the Jewish state at the end of 2020.
He said in a statement: “The Cabinet has passed a bill to repeal the boycott of Israel from 1958 to 2021.”
The text must still be approved by the sovereign committee, the country’s highest authority, in order to have legal effect.
The Council of Ministers also reaffirmed Sudan’s “firm stance” and supported the two-state solution, namely the establishment of a Palestinian state with Israel.
The 1958 law prohibits trading with Jewish countries, people of Israeli nationality, or companies owned by Israelis. Likewise, it prohibits the import of even some products manufactured in Israel.
Anyone who violates the boycott may face up to ten years in prison and heavy fines.
For a long time, Khartoum has been the mainstay of the North African Anti-Israel Front. A few weeks after the Six-Day War in 1967, it hosted an Arab summit and announced the “three nos” resolution: no recognition of peace. . And negotiate with Hebrew State.
During the thirty years and even decades of the autocratic rule of the former President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan was ousted from power in April 2019 and has maintained a strong stance against the Jewish state.
Until 2020, starting in 1979 and 1994 respectively, only two Arab countries have established diplomatic relations with Israel: Egypt and Jordan.
But last year, with the support of Washington, several Arab countries including Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalized relations with Israel.
In order to reintegrate Sudan into the international arena, the transitional government agreed to do so in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Khartoum.
The “Abraham Agreement” signed by Sudan and Israel in January was concluded a few weeks after Khartoum withdrew from the US “blacklist” countries accused of financing terrorism.
Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen was the first Israeli official to make an official visit to a country in Northeast Africa in January.
Relying on these simultaneous diplomatic reconciliations, Khartoum particularly hopes to improve its economic situation.
After decades of mismanagement, the Sudanese economy is now paralyzed by inflation, inflation, huge debts and a long-term lack of foreign exchange, which poses many threats to the success of its political transition.