Sudan and the World Bank signed an agreement in Khartoum, Friday, under which the Sudanese government would obtain a grant of 370 million US dollars, in light of the high prices of food commodities, inflation rates and protests against the economic situation. The official Sudanese News Agency said: “Today (Friday) at the World Bank headquarters in Khartoum, an agreement was signed between the Government of Sudan and the World Bank on a grant of about $ 370 million.”
“The grant is $ 370 million and includes $ 200 million from the World Bank as a pre-exemption grant and $ 170 million from Sudan’s European partners, specifically the European Union, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden,” said Minister of Finance in charge, Heba Muhammad Ali. .
The Sudanese are suffering from high food prices, and they wait for hours in queues in front of bakeries and gas stations to get bread and car fuel.
The inflation rate reached 212%, according to official statistics issued last September.
On Wednesday, dozens of people demonstrated in different parts of the capital, Khartoum, to protest against the deteriorating economic conditions. The country suffers from an external debt of more than 60 billion dollars.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese News Agency said that the country has received the first batch of a wheat grant from the UAE, amounting to 67,000 tons, which will be allocated to the mills operating in Khartoum and the states.
The Israeli Prime Minister also confirmed that Israel had also sent a shipment of wheat to Sudan. “We look forward to a warm peace with Sudan, and we immediately send to our new friends there wheat flour worth 5 million dollars,” Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office.
He added that Israel will work closely with the United States to support the political transition process in Sudan.
On Friday, Khartoum confirmed the normalization of its relations with Israel and “ending the state of hostility between them,” according to what was stated in a tripartite statement issued by Sudan, the United States and Israel on Sudanese state television, and the agreement was described as “historic”.
He refused and protested
The normalization step faces widespread rejection in the Sudanese political and popular circles, and Sudanese political forces have declared their categorical rejection of normalization with Israel.
In an opinion poll prepared by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha early this month, only 13% of Sudanese supported normalization with Israel, compared to 79% opposed.
The opposition National Umma Party expressed in a statement its rejection of the move, and the Secretary-General of the Islamic Fiqh Academy, Adel Hassan Hamza, said that they issued a fatwa prohibiting normalization.
The Popular Congress Party in Sudan called on Saturday to take to the streets to drop the normalization decision with Israel.
On Sunday, the Sudanese Cabinet revealed that the United States stipulated the normalization of relations between Khartoum and Israel, to remove Sudan from its black list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
In a statement, the Cabinet said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his visit to Khartoum, presented the United States ’offer of recognition and normalization with Israel, as a condition for removing Sudan from the list.
The statement added that the American side suggested a four-way phone call, by US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to congratulate the President of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, and to announce an agreement of principles between Sudan and Israel on the normalization of relations.
He indicated that it was agreed to prepare an agreement between the two parties on the issue of restoring Sudanese-Israeli relations, and that it would be decided by the Legislative Council.
Earlier Sunday, the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that a joint meeting between Sudan and Israel would be held in the coming weeks, to discuss prospects for cooperation.
She said in a statement that it was agreed that two delegations from the two countries would meet in the coming weeks to negotiate cooperation agreements in the fields of agriculture, trade, economy, aviation, immigration issues, and others.
He pointed to the commitment of the United States and Israel to help Sudan restore its sovereign immunity, improve food security, exploit its economic potential and fight what he called terrorism.