Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Sudan’s Al-Mahdi Calls for Saudi-led Arab Security Treaty with Turkey, Iran | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
Select Page
Media ID: 55385054

Sudan’s former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi (R) waves to protesters in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, July 21, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin

Khartoum- A prominent Sudanese political leader called for the signing of an Arab treaty led by Saudi Arabia, in which both Egypt and Turkey take part on one hand, and Iran on the other.

The proposed treaty will be based on coexistence and respect for each of the signatories sovereignty.

Ending the “sharp polarization in the Gulf,” the signed declaration will stipulate comprehensive non-interference in internal affairs of each of the signing states, support for the Palestinian cause and the fight against terrorism and extremism, within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab Summit, said former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.

“The visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Russia is an introduction to openness that contributes to regional reconciliations that end wars and military confrontations through dialogue and political solutions,” he said in a press conference held in Khartoum on Tuesday.

“In terms of internal openness, the Kingdom and the rest of Gulf countries reject the Muslim Brotherhood-styled regime as it undermines the authority of state institutions.”

The right choice is adopting a healthy approach that reconciles with awareness and modernization.

Al-Mahdi called for Sunni-Arab countries to establish a treaty under the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alongside Egypt and Turkey with Iran based on coexistence and respect for national sovereignty.

He said that the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Russia could lead to reconciliation, contribute to ending the war in Yemen and taking military confrontations to the dialogue table.

“The region can enjoy peace if Sunni Arabs, led by the Kingdom, Egypt and Turkey, are to conclude an Arab, Turkish and Iranian security treaty for coexistence and respect for national sovereignty.

“This is what we have been calling for and it seems that its time has come,” added al-Mahdi.  

He renewed the call for parties to the treaty to commit themselves to supporting the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, stop talking about normalization of ties with Israel, and commit everyone not to establish any relationship with Israel without first having Tel Aviv responding to Arab and Palestinian rights.