Israel, Sudan agree to enhance cooperation

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JERUSALEM, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Israel said on Wednesday that two government officials met with Sudan's Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari in the United Arab Emirates to discuss bilateral cooperation.

In two separate meetings in Abu Dhabi, Abdulbari met with Israel's Regional Affairs Minister Issawi Frej and Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll respectively, in a bid to push forward the bilateral ties, according to statements issued on behalf of the Israeli ministers.

During one meeting, Abdulbari told Frej that cultural and educational cooperation between Sudan and Israel is important even more than economic ties. "We must get to know each other and strengthen the contacts between our peoples," said a statement.

In another meeting, Abdulbari and Roll agreed to establish cooperation in technological training, education and culture. They "agreed on future cooperation between the two countries under the Abraham Accords," according to a statement issued by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

The two sides agreed that there is "a mutual interest" in cooperation in the field of education and technology in order to "help young people from all countries that are part of the Abraham Accords."

Roll also stressed the importance of signing a normalization agreement between the two countries "soon."

The meetings were the first official high-level meetings between Israeli and Sudanese ministers since January.

Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize their ties in October 2020. However, an official deal between the two countries has yet to be signed.

The so-called Abraham Accords are a series of U.S.-brokered normalization deals in which the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco agreed to normalize their relations with Israel. Enditem

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