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Report: Mossad Chief, Sudanese Spy Chief Met in Germany to Discuss Bashir's Ouster

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Salah Gosh, the head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), headed to Germany for the Munich Security Conference, where he also met with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, according to the Middle East Eye.

Citing a senior military source, the news outlet said that the meeting was arranged by Egyptian intermediaries with the backing of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the source, Riyadh, Cairo and Abu Dhai consider Salah as “their man” to be installed to power and put an end to Bashir’s three-decade rule in Sudan.

“There is a consensus that Bashir will go within the ruling party and the army,” the source stated, adding, “The battle is about who is coming after.”

“Gosh has strong links with the Saudis, the Emiratis and the Egyptians. They want Bashir out, and they want their man in his place,” the source noted.

Bashir, who has been facing months of protests across the country, was not aware of the “unprecedented” meeting between his intelligence chief and Cohen, the sources stressed.

According to the news website, Gosh also met with European intelligence chiefs during his stay in Munich.

The Sudanese intelligence chief, who is said to be the US Central Intelligence Agency's operative in Khartoum, was reportedly identified by the agency as Washington’s preferred successor to Bashir and as a man who could facilitate ties between Sudan and the US, according to the new website African intelligence.

Since December, Sudan has been rocked by a wave of protests calling on Bashir to step down. The president, however, has remained defiant, addressing loyalists at a number of rallies across the country and seeking support from regional allies.

Bashir and other senior Sudanese officials have repeatedly stressed that the government can only be changed through elections. The 75-year-old veteran leader is considering running for a third presidential term in next year's elections.

Salah, however, announced last month that the president was planning to step down as leader of the ruling National Congress Party, and wouldn’t seek re-election.

Bashir quit his position as chairman of the ruling party after more than two months of demonstrations against his nearly three-decade rule, the party noted.

According to a party statement released on Friday, Bashir delegated his powers as chairman of the National Congress Party to its deputy chairman, Ahmed Harun, until the party's next general conference.

Local media quoted Harun as saying Bashir took this step in order to "devote himself to the national tasks" as the country's leader.

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