Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- An Israeli delegation lead by the country's intelligence minister visited Sudan and met with its leaders, officials from the two sides said Tuesday.

The visit on Monday ( 25 January) was the first visit by an Israeli minister to Sudan almost three weeks after Khartoum signed an accord to normalize ties with Israel.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen, met with Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, Defense Minister Yassin Ibrahim and other military and government officials.

Sudan became the third Arab state to normalize its relations with Israel last year as part of a deal orchestrated by the US known as the “Abraham Accords.”

Sudanese officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Israeli delegation discussed steps to move forward in the bilateral ties. They did not provide further details.

Israeli Minister Cohen’s office confirmed the visit, underlining that this was the first official visit by an Israeli minister to Sudan.

Arye Shalicar, an Israeli government official who was in the delegation said the atmosphere was very friendly. It is understood that the two delegations discussed water, aviation, transportation, health, and technology cooperation, as well as security and strategic affairs.

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