Months after Sudan and Israel struck a deal to normalise ties, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen has led a delegation to Khartoum.
“I am confident this visit lays the foundations for many important collaborations that will assist both Israel and Sudan as well as security stability in the region,” Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said in a statement after returning home.
The Monday visit that was not reported by Sudanese state media marked the first time an Israeli minister headed a delegation to the Arab-African state, Cohen’s office said.
The Israeli intelligence ministry said members of the delegation met head of state General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Defence Minister Yassin Ibrahim for talks on “diplomatic, security and economic issues.”
“A first-ever memorandum on these topics was signed between the Sudanese defence minister and Cohen,” it said.
The sides also discussed “deepening intelligence cooperation.”
The ministry added that the Sudanese authorities briefed the Israeli delegation on their progress on cancelling the law boycotting Israel, and amending the law imprisoning Sudanese migrants, including to Israel, who return to Sudan.
The vast North African country agreed to normalise ties with Israel in October last year and an Israeli delegation visited Khartoum the following month.
Sudan signed the “Abraham Accords” on January 6 normalising ties with Israel, making it the third Arab country to do so after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain last year.
Khartoum signed the accords less than a month after Washington removed it from its “state sponsors of terrorism” blacklist as part of a quid pro quo.