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Israel pledges support for war-stricken Sudan

“In the spirit of peace between our peoples, we express our solidarity and extend a helping hand."

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen meets in Khartoum with Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, leader of Sudan’s transitional government, Feb. 2, 2023. Source: Sudan Transitional Sovereign Council/Twitter.
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen meets in Khartoum with Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, leader of Sudan’s transitional government, Feb. 2, 2023. Source: Sudan Transitional Sovereign Council/Twitter.

Israel participated in a U.N.-organized ministerial pledging event for Sudan with Foreign Minister Eli Cohen voicing support for the Abraham Accords partner.

“In the spirit of peace between our peoples, we express our solidarity and support and extend a helping hand,” Cohen said via video conference on Monday to the High-Level Pledging Event for Sudan and the Region organized by the Geneva-based United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Egypt, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the European Union joined the U.N. in organizing the event. OCHA said it raised around $1.5 billion in pledges.

In April, Israel submitted a proposal to the warring generals in Sudan offering to mediate a long-term ceasefire. Multiple truces have been broken during the two-month civil war, including a 72-hour halt to fighting the U.S. and Saudi Arabia brokered that was supposed to take effect on Sunday.

Khartoum agreed to normalize relations with Israel in October 2020 under the Trump administration, in exchange for Washington removing Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. In January 2021, it became the fourth country to sign onto the Abraham Accords, following in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.

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