Mali Thanks Morocco, King Mohammed VI for Post-Coup Diplomacy

Rabat – King Mohammed VI sent Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita to Mali on Tuesday to meet the country’s new leaders. 

Mali’s recently-appointed transitional president, Ba N’Daou, received the Moroccan official in Bamako. 

Bourita also met with the transitional Vice-President, Colonel Assimi Goita, and the transitional Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane. Continuer à lire … « Mali Thanks Morocco, King Mohammed VI for Post-Coup Diplomacy »

After UAE and Bahrain deals, Trump said aiming for direct Israel-Morocco flights

By TOI staff

14/09/2020 – Rabat and Jerusalem have no formal relations, but Israeli tourists are allowed into the country, which is home to the largest Jewish community in the Arab world

US President Donald Trump is looking toward following up the landmark normalization deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with the introduction of direct flights between Israel and Morocco, Channel 12 news reported Saturday.

Morocco is considered an ally of the United States, and has long maintained informal but close intelligence ties with Israel. Continuer à lire … « After UAE and Bahrain deals, Trump said aiming for direct Israel-Morocco flights »

Morocco, Israel set to establish direct flights: Report

Ismaeel Naar, Al Arabiya English

14/09/2020 – Israel and Morocco are set to announce direct flights as part of the next step in US efforts to facilitate normalization efforts between Israel and Arab states, according to Israeli Channel 12.

The Channel 12 report also said Israel is currently in talks with Sudan regarding plans to send a humanitarian aid plane carrying much-needed assistance amid major flash floods.

The report comes a day after Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.

Israel has so far normalized ties with Egypt, Jordan, the UAE and Bahrain. The country still does not have formal ties with either Morocco or Sudan.

Bahrain and the UAE will formally sign their peace agreements with Israel at a signing ceremony on September 15 at the White House.

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Mali’s New Leader Thanks Morocco for Crisis Resolution Efforts

26/08/2020 – The leader of the new entity running post-coup Mali has thanked King Mohammed VI for Morocco’s active support towards resolving the country’s political crisis. 

A coup unfolded in Mali on August 18, forcing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign. After the president stepped down, the military personnel who staged the coup announced the establishment of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) as the entity in charge of leading Mali. Continuer à lire … « Mali’s New Leader Thanks Morocco for Crisis Resolution Efforts »

Libyan-Italian agreement for establishment of committee for cooperation on military medicine

Written by: RabiaGolden

26/08/2020 – The Ministry of Defense of the Government of National Accord (GNA), along with Italian representatives, agreed to establish a joint committee from both countries to discuss methods of activating joint bilateral cooperation in the field of military medicine. Continuer à lire … « Libyan-Italian agreement for establishment of committee for cooperation on military medicine »

Report: Mossad chief met Sudanese official (Arutz Sheva)

Elad Benari, Canada

22/08/2020- Mossad chief Yossi Cohen met with a senior Sudanese official in a meeting that was organized and hosted by the United Arab Emirates, the Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper reported on Friday. Continuer à lire … « Report: Mossad chief met Sudanese official (Arutz Sheva) »

Libyan official to meet Haftar’s speaker in Morocco

20/08/2020 – Khalid al-Mishri, head of Libya’s High State Council, has agreed to meet Aguila Saleh, speaker of the putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s self-designated Libyan parliament, in Morocco.

The meeting is part of Rabat’s efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis, al-Mishri said on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Libyan official to meet Haftar’s speaker in Morocco »

Sudan fires spokesman who confirmed peace talks with Israel

Khartoum Foreign Ministry earlier denied knowledge of talks after Haidar Badawi Sadiq opened up about secret negotiations for normalization
By TOI Staff
19/08/2020 – Sudan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman was fired on Wednesday, a day after he sparked a diplomatic flurry by publicly disclosing normalization talks with Israel, apparently without authorization.

Haidar Badawi Sadiq told Sky News Arabia on Tuesday that Sudan was interested in establishing ties with Israel and predicted that a treaty between Jerusalem and Khartoum could be signed by the end of the year or in early 2021. The comments came hours after he posted a public blog in which he urged the country’s military-civilian leadership to speak openly about ongoing talks.
His comments, which came amid feverish speculation that other countries may soon join the United Arab Emirates in agreeing to ties with Israel, were swiftly walked back by the country’s acting foreign minister Omar Qamar al-Din Ismail, who said he was “surprised” by the announcement.“The matter of relations with Israel has not been discussed in the Foreign Ministry at all. No one tasked Haidar Badawi Sadiq with making statements on this matter,” Ismail said.

Sadiq later said that he had confirmed talks with Israel because no senior government officials had bothered to deny a prediction by Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen that ties with Sudan may be agreed to in the coming months.

Cohen insisted on Wednesday that peace talks between Jerusalem and Khartoum were ongoing. He claimed that they included a provision for the return of Sudanese asylum seekers currently in the country.

This is not the first time Sudanese contacts with Israel have become mired in controversy, highlighting divisions between Khartoum’s military and civilian leaders. In February, Sudanese transitional leader Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda, a meeting quickly disavowed by the country’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdok. At the time, a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel that the two had agreed to gradually normalize relations between the two nations, which remain technically at war.

Israel officials have long expressed a wish for improved ties with Khartoum, citing its importance in the region as well as its geographic location.

A Sudanese government official told The Associated Press Tuesday that deliberations between Sudanese and Israeli officials have been going on for months, with help from Egypt, the UAE and the US.

“It’s a matter of time. We are finalizing everything. The Emirati move encouraged us and helped calm some voices within the government who were afraid of backlash from the Sudanese public,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

The US announced on Thursday that Israel and the UAE had agreed to normalize ties, solidifying a long-secret relationship, and officials have predicted that ties with Bahrain, Oman, Sudan and other countries may follow.
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Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) | Photo: Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Haidar Badawi Sadiq was fired on August 19, 2020, a day after expressing support for peace with Israel. (YouTube screenshot)

INTERVIEW – Egypt faces unprecedented challenges from Libya, Ethiopia: Parliament speaker

By Alaa Thabet

08/08/2020 – At the time when Egypt is readying to vote for its new upper parliamentary chamber, the lower house has been keeping a close eye on two major national security threats that have posed grave challenges to the government: the expected shortage in the water supply because of the intransigent stance taken by Addis Ababa on its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and Turkey’s interference in Libya. Continuer à lire … « INTERVIEW – Egypt faces unprecedented challenges from Libya, Ethiopia: Parliament speaker »

Will Israel Find Itself Facing Down Iran, Turkey, and the US in Libya?

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28/07/2020 – Several reports (most recently in Makor Rishon) have been published on Libyan National Army (LNA) outreach toward Israel. The LNA makes the point that Libyans and Israel have common foes in Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Syrian mercenaries, and the militias affiliated with the Islamist Government of National Accord (GNA). The LNA posits that it can work together with Israel to thwart the expansion of a hostile Islamist network in North Africa. Continuer à lire … « Will Israel Find Itself Facing Down Iran, Turkey, and the US in Libya? »