Israel Sending Wheat Worth $5M To ‘New Friend’ Sudan

Sudan is set to get $5m worth of wheat from Isreal, the middle east country announced in a statement on Sunday.

Sudan is facing a nationwide food crisis. The northeast African country consumes 2 million tons of wheat annually, according to official figures, relying heavily on imports.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the aid delivery, which would take place immediately, was a first act of friendship after Israel and Sudan announced they were establishing diplomatic relations on Friday.

Sudan is preparing to normalise relations with Israel – the latest in a series of Arab League countries to do so.

A statement released last week said delegations would meet “in the coming weeks”.

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President Donald Trump has moved to remove Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Sudan is in transition from the military dictatorship of its former leader, Omar al-Bashir.

The transitional government has been struggling with a huge budget deficit and widespread shortages of essential goods, including fuel, bread and medicine. Annual inflation soared past 200% last month as prices of bread and other staples surged, according to official figures.

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday that the US would also work with its international partners to relieve the country’s foreign debt, which exceeds $60 billion.

Both the US and Israel would also help Sudan “consolidate its democracy, enhance food security and fight terrorism,” it said.

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Sudan has agreed to designate Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement as a terrorist organization, something that Israel has long sought from its neighbors and others in the international community, a senior US official said last week.

Hezbollah condemned Sudan’s deal with Israel in a statement Sunday, saying it was made “in return for a miserly and insignificant price,” and would lead to the downfall of the transitional government.

Sudan military-civilian government 11-member body – called the Sovereign Council – is to rule Sudan for a little over three years until elections can be held has promised elections as soon as 2022.

However, some factions within the political alliance supporting the government have voiced their opposition to the normalization with Israel, including Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi who heads the country’s largest political party.

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