Khartoum/Tel Aviv – A Sudanese government spokesperson has been fired after publicly commenting on a possible peace between his nation and Israel.
Haidar Sadik was dismissed as a Foreign Minister spokesperson, according to the nation’s designated foreign minister, Omar Ismail, on Wednesday.
He gave no specific reasons for the sacking.
Sadik told television channel Sky News Arabic on Tuesday that his country was looking forward to a peace agreement with Israel.
He added that there was no reason for ongoing hostilities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the comments.
However, Sadik seems to have spoken out of turn.
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry issued a denial later on Tuesday, saying relations with Israel had not been discussed within the ministry.
The spokesperson “was not instructed to make any statements on the matter,” the ministry said.
The question remained on Wednesday whether the two countries will be able to overcome years of diplomatic hostilities.
Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said that he believes the dialogue between Israel and Sudan will eventually lead to a peace agreement.
Sudan, located in the Horn of Africa, has, like many other Arabic countries, ceased diplomatic relations with Israel.
Since the 2019 ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir, Sudan has been trying to improve its relations with the international community, primarily the U.S.
Israel has also been increasingly establishing diplomatic relations with Arabic countries, most recently with the United Arab Emirates, and, in 2019, with Chad.