The Sudanese army spokesman, Amer Muhammad Al Hassan, said that Sudan agreed to allow flights to Israel to cross its airspace.
The move comes two days after a surprising meeting between General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda, Africa.
A Sudanese army spokesman said in an interview with Al Jazeera that there was an agreement “in principle” that commercial aircraft heading from South America to Israel use Sudanese airspace, adding that some technical aspects are still being studied and Sudan has not agreed to The Israeli El Al cross its airspace.
He said Sudan had not announced full normalization with Israel, but this step is in the framework of an exchange of interests.
The meeting between Al Burhan and Netanyahu in Uganda sparked controversy in Sudan after Israeli officials said that it would lead to the normalization of relations between the two former opponents.
Tensions have increased between military leaders and civilian groups sharing power after the ouster of former President Omar Al Bashir last year, and the Sudanese cabinet held two emergency meetings about the Uganda meeting which the Sudanese government says it has not been informed of.
The Sudanese army responded with a rare political statement, on Wednesday, describing the trip of proof for the meeting with Netanyahu as being in the “higher interest” of national security and Sudan.