General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan said that what is happening in Gaza "is sad," but Palestinian rights have nothing to do with Sudan's normalization with Israel. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on France 24, on May 17, 2021. General Al-Burhan added that unless a two-state solution is implemented "these problems will continue to resurface."
Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan: "What is happening in Gaza is very sad. Innocent people and unarmed civilians are being hurt. For a long time, there have been calls for a two-state solution, based on the resolutions of the international legitimacy [the U.N.] I believe that unless this solution is reached and implemented, the problems will continue to resurface."
Interviewer: "Does this put Sudanese diplomacy on the spot, since you have chosen the path of normalization [of relations with Israel]?"
Al-Burhan: "The normalization has nothing to do with the Palestinians' right to establish their own state. The normalization is reconciliation with the international community, and with Israel as a part of the international community."
Interviewer: "So there is no going back on the Sudanese decision in favor of normalization with Israel?"
Al-Burhan: "Ultimately, this decision is the prerogative of the state institutions."