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The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, arrived in Khartoum on the first direct flight from Israel to Sudan, becoming the first US Secretary of State to visit Sudan, in 15 years.

Translated by Ahmed Hussain

Pompeo announced today that he took the first official direct flight from Israel to Sudan, as part of his tour in the Middle East, after reaching an agreement to normalize relations between the UAE and Tel Aviv.

“I am pleased to announce that we are on board the first official non-stop flight from Israel to Sudan,” he said in a tweet on his Twitter account.

The US Secretary is scheduled to meet with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to discuss the continued US support for the transitional government and express their support for deepening the relationship between Sudan and Israel, according to a statement issued by the US State Department.

Then Pompeo travels to Manama, to meet Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and concludes his trip in the Emirates, where he will meet with his counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi.

The first time that an Israeli plane crossed over Sudanese airspace was in February 2020, but it did not allow planes coming from Israel to land on its territory, and this came less than two weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, met and agreed on Work to normalize relations.

The Israeli newspaper (Yediot Aharonot) reported that Al-Burhan told Netanyahu, during their meeting in the Ugandan city of Entebbe, that his country would allow Israeli planes to pass through its airspace, with the exception of Al-Al (the Israeli national carrier).

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