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Sudan Expresses Interest In Peace With Israel

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 19 August 2020

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Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, head of the military council, waves to his supporters upon arriving to attend a military-backed rally, in Omdurman district, west of Khartoum, Sudan, June 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Talks between Sudan and Israel follow the UAE's historic normalising of relations with Israel.

Security, Political // BLUF: Sudan has expressed interest over peace with Israel, following the historic peace deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, brokered with the help of the Trump Administration.

Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, was the birth place of the Arab League's 'Three Nos' resolution (The Khartoum Resolution) following the Six-Day War in 1967: No Peace with Israel, No Recognition of Israel and No Negotiations with Israel.

Sudan's interest comes as Bahrain and Oman also seek to normalise ties with Israel, in what could be a new era of peace and cooperation in the region.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 19 August 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. ECUADOR, CHINA - Security, Political: Chinese vessels near Galapagos silenced trackers

FYSA: Ecuador’s armed forces said on Tuesday that dozens of vessels from a predominantly Chinese fishing fleet that is operating near the Galapagos Islands have turned off tracking systems to prevent monitoring of their activities. Of around 325 ships still fishing in the waters near the ecologically sensitive Galapagos, 149 have at some point in recent months cut off communications, Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Darwin Jarrin told reporters. Some had also changed the vessels’ names to avoid supervision, he said. (Mercury News. See link in heading for further reading)

2. MALI - Security, Political: Mali president resigns after detention by military, deepening crisis

FYSA: Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing a jihadist insurgency and mass protests deeper into crisis. Looking tired and wearing a surgical mask, Keita resigned in a brief address broadcast on state television after troops seized him along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and other top officials. “If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?” he said from a military base in Kati outside the capital Bamako where he had been detained earlier in the day. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. SUDAN, ISRAEL - Security, Political: Sudan and Israel say talks underway for deal to normalize ties

FYSA: Sudan on Tuesday expressed interest in a peace deal with Israel, saying a treaty creating diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Khartoum could be signed by the end of the year or in early 2021. The announcement was immediately feted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Sudan’s transitional leader earlier this year in a diplomatic breakthrough after years of enmity. Sudan’s declaration came days after the United Arab Emirates on Thursday agreed to forge diplomatic ties with Israel, sparking feverish speculation over which Arab country would next transform its covert ties with the Jewish state into open recognition. Sudan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Haidar Badawi Sadiq told Sky News Arabia on Tuesday that Sudan “aspires towards a peace agreement with Israel… a relationship of equals built upon Khartoum’s interests.” “There’s no reason for the enmity to continue,” Sadiq said. “We do not deny the communication between the two countries.” (Times of Israel. See link in heading for further reading)

4. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal as new cases ease

FYSA: A fresh outbreak of infections in Australia’s coronavirus hot zone of Victoria appeared to have eased on Wednesday, as the country signed a deal to secure a potential COVID-19 vaccine that it intends to roll out free of cost to its citizens. Australia has signed a deal with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to produce and distribute enough doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine for its population of 25 million, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said late on Tuesday. All Australians will be offered doses but a medical panel will determine the priority list of vaccine recipients, Health Minister Greg Hunt said. “Naturally you would be focusing on the most vulnerable, the elderly, health workers, people with disabilities in terms of the speed of roll out, but I think there would be widespread uptake in Australia,” Hunt told Sky News on Wednesday. AstraZeneca last month said good data was coming in so far on its vaccine for COVID-19, already in large-scale human trials and widely seen as the front-runner in the race for a shot against the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, called AZD1222, was developed by Britain’s University of Oxford and licensed to AstraZeneca. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

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