Sudanese envoy in Israel to promote ties - source

Envoys have traveled between Israel and Sudan, though no official pact has yet been signed.

Sudanese protesters shout slogans and wave flags during a rally honouring fallen protesters at the Green Square in Khartoum, Sudan July 18, 2019 (photo credit: REUTERS/ MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH)
Sudanese protesters shout slogans and wave flags during a rally honouring fallen protesters at the Green Square in Khartoum, Sudan July 18, 2019
(photo credit: REUTERS/ MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH)

A Sudanese envoy was in Israel on Wednesday in order to promote ties between the two countries, a source with close knowledge of the visit said.

The presidential envoy arrived in Israel at the beginning of the week, the source said. There was no immediate confirmation from Israeli and Sudanese government spokespeople.

Sudan moved toward normalizing ties with Israel in 2020. Envoys have traveled between Israel and Sudan since then, though no official pact has yet been signed.

 Sudan's ousted president, Omar al-Bashir, is seen inside the defendant's cage at a courthouse in Khartoum on September 15, 2020 (credit: MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERS) Sudan's ousted president, Omar al-Bashir, is seen inside the defendant's cage at a courthouse in Khartoum on September 15, 2020 (credit: MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/REUTERS)

Sudan's military is seen to have led the move toward Israel while civilian groups have been more reluctant about it. The Sudanese military seized power in the country on Oct. 25, ending a partnership with civilian political parties that began after the army toppled Omar al-Bashir as Sudan's ruler in 2019.