İrem UZUN -TDO- The spokesman for Sudan’s foreign ministry was fired Wednesday after telling a media outlet that Sudan is getting ready to sign an agreement with Israel to normalize relations between the two countries. Acting foreign minister Omer Gamaruddeen Ismail said the government was surprised by the statement from spokesman Haider Badawi Saddiq, adding that relations between Sudan and Israel have not been discussed in the foreign ministry at all.
According to the Al Jazeera, Badawi said Sudan was "looking forward to concluding a peace agreement with Israel". "There is no reason to continue hostility between Sudan and Israel," Badawi was quoted by Sky News Arabia. "We don't deny that there are communications" with Israel, he added, saying both countries would gain much from a deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Badawi's remarks, saying "Israel, Sudan and the entire region will benefit from the peace agreement [with the UAE], and together can build a better future for all people in the region. We will do whatever is necessary to turn this vision into a reality." on Twitter. However, Sudanese foreign ministry issued a statement later saying it had learned of Badawi's comments with astonishment. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan confirms that the issue of relations with Israel was not discussed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in any way, and Ambassador Haider Badawi was not assigned to make any statements in this regard," it said.