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Oct 26, 2020
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Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Chairman Of Sudan's Sovereignty Council: Reconciliation With Israel Serves The Interests Of Both Parties; Many Other Arab-Israeli Agreements Have Been Signed Since The 1967 'Three No's' Khartoum Summit

#8396 | 03:55
Source: Sudan TV

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of Sudan's Sovereignty Council, said in an interview with Sudan TV on October 26, 2020 that "reconciliation is legitimate even with enemies." He explained that you can sign a reconciliation agreement with any country if it serves the interests of both parties, and he said that lifting sanctions on Sudan is part and parcel of this agreement. Al-Burhan added that a lot has changed since the "Three No's" resolution at the Khartoum Summit in 1967. He explained that the PLO and several Arab countries have signed agreements with Israel since then, and asked: "Why should we stay in 1967?" Al-Burhan stated that Sudan still believes that a Palestinian state must be established within the 1967 borders, but the Sudanese people cannot be left to carry the brunt of this responsibility alone.

Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan: "When we talk about lifting sanctions on Sudan, we cannot isolate it from the normalization of relations with Israel. I always prefer to call it 'reconciliation' rather than 'normalization.' We are now making a reconciliation agreement. Reconciliation is legitimate, even with enemies. You can sign a reconciliation [agreement] with anyone, if it serves the interests of both parties.

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"The [Khartoum] 'Three No's' Summit was in 1967. Everything has changed since. How many agreements have been signed since 1967? There have been many agreements between Israel and Arab countries or the PLO. Everything has changed, but we still say that we are living in 1967. Why should we stay in 1967 and bear the consequences of shackling ourselves to the same position ever since?

"Israel and Palestine have signed an agreement in Oslo, as we all know. In that agreement, the PLO recognized Israel's right to exist. There was also the Arab [Peace] Initiative of 2002. We all believe that a Palestinian state must be established, within the recognized borders of 1967. We are all convinced and believe in this. We all call for the support of the Palestinian position. Nobody can deny this claim to outdo us. However, we do not want the Sudanese people to bear the brunt of this responsibility all alone."

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