Bilateral negotiations in Uganda between the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended with the signing of a number of agreements between the two governments in Uganda on Wednesday, February 5. One of the agreements the sides have come to is an agreement that would permit commercial aircraft flying to Israel to cross Sudanese airspace.
Israeli officials confirmed that it will lead to the normalization of relations between the two countries.
A Sudanese military spokesman said that Sudan had agreed to allow flights to Israel to cross its airspace two days after a surprising meeting between General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The negotiations in Uganda became an entirely unexpected move of the Sudanese Council of Ministers which the Sudanese government says has not been informed of.
The meeting between Al-Burhan and Netanyahu in Uganda sparked controversy in Sudan after Israeli officials said that it would lead to the normalization of relations between the two former opponents.
The Sudanese army responded with a rare political statement on Wednesday, describing the meeting with Netanyahu as being in the “higher interest” of national security and Sudan.
He added that Sudan had not announced full normalization with Israel, but that this was an exchange of interests.