US drops support for Sudan, wants Israel to condemn Khartoum coup

The United States is withholding cash support for Sudan in the wake of last fall’s military coup – and it wants Israel to speak out against the repressive new regime.

The Biden administration has suspended aid to the government in Khartoum, in a setback to the Abraham Accords, which aim to normalize relations between Israel and four Arab states.

Washington wants Israel to criticize the bloody coup that overthrew the country’s civilian government last year.

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A State Department spokesperson said in an email Friday in response to a Friday question: “The United States is not moving forward at this time with the assistance initially promised to the Sudanese civilian-led transitional government as part of its efforts to improve Sudan’s bilateral relations with Israel.

“This includes wheat shipments and some development, trade and investment aid.”

The United States also suspended foreign aid unrelated to the Abraham Accords, due to the coup, the spokesman added. He said the Biden administration expected Israel to join the call for a return to a democratically elected government.

“We strongly encourage the State of Israel to join us and the wider international community in pushing for Sudanese military leaders to hand over power to a credible civilian-led transitional government,” the statement said. spokesperson.

Sudan’s military seized power last fall, arresting the country’s prime minister. Protesters came out in force and dozens were killed by security forces during demonstrations.

Israel has not commented on the situation – and a minister in the former civilian government told Haaretz last month that it would be considered support for the coup.

In its final months, the Trump administration brokered normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain, as well as Sudan. The comprehensive agreement with Sudan has yet to come to fruition due to instability in the country.

The Biden administration, in one of its few areas of agreement with its predecessor, has pledged to advance the Abraham Accords.

The spokesperson said, “The Abraham Accords are a positive development that has had clear benefits for Israel and the region. The United States will continue to seek opportunities for dialogue with Israel and other countries to normalize relations and expand cooperation. »

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