Minister Eli Cohen and General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
Minister Eli Cohen and General Abdel Fattah al-BurhanShlomi Amsalem/GPO

The Hamas terrorist organization, which rules the Gaza Strip, on Friday denounced the peace agreement between Israel and Sudan and called on Khartoum to backtrack from normalization with the Jewish state, i24NEWS reported.

Hamas “condemns in the strongest terms” Thursday’s announcement, which goes “against the true and historical position of the Sudanese people, which is against normalization with the Israeli occupation and in support of the just Palestinian cause,” the terrorist group said in a statement.

“We call on the Sudanese leaders to backtrack on this decision that contradicts the interests of the brotherly people of Sudan and would only serve the Israeli occupation’s agenda,” it added.

The Islamic Jihad, another terror group in Gaza, said through its spokesman Tariq Salmi that it was a “shame for an Arab country of the stature of Sudan.”

The statement came a day after Foreign Minister Eli Cohen paid a historic diplomatic visit to Sudan during which he met with the chairman of the east African state’s Transitional Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to finalize the stages of a peace agreement.

Sudan became the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel as part of the Abraham Accords brokered by the Trump administration in October of 2020, following the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The agreement between Israel and Sudan was announced days after then-US President Donald Trump officially removed Sudan from the list of nations that sponsor and finance terrorism.

However, despite the agreement, no steps for full normalization between Israel and Sudan had taken place before Thursday’s announcement, and the only known contacts between the sides have been in the form of reports of Israeli delegations secretly visiting Sudan.

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