Selin ATAY-TDO- Sudan's acting foreign minister Omer Ismail said that despite various speculative news reports, Sudan would not be the next to normalize relations with Israel, like United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

Denying that the issue had been discussed in the country's Council of Ministers, Omer Ismail spoke to journalists in Geneva after meeting with the head of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

In response to question about the recent normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel, "We are looking at the normalization like any other issue that we look at. There is no urgency there,” he said. 

Omer Ismail, who became acting foreign minister in July, said that "I see reports from the Israeli side. And everybody's saying Sudan is next. I don't see it. It is not part of our discussions in the Council of Ministers at any level."

He declared that discussions taking place with the US were not linked to Washington's role in bringing about the recent normalization agreement between the UAE and Israel.

Sudan is in discussion with the Washington about lifting sanctions declaring the country a terrorist state, Sudan's acting foreign minister said. Omer Ismail added that his country is seeking to normalize relations worldwide and get off the Human Rights Council's watchlist.

“Maybe negotiations are going on elsewhere in the country. But there is no such issue (on the agenda) where I work and act as a deputy to the Foreign Ministry," Omer Ismail said.

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