Sudan Joins Train of Normalizing Relations with Israel

  • Journalists in the Oval Office attended a phone call between Donald Trump and officials in Israel and Sudan.
  • Khartoum confirmed the normalization of its relations with the State of Israel.
  • President Trump told reporters at the White House that there are at least five Arab countries that want to join the train of normalization and establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize relations between them through American mediation. Sudan is the third Arab country to establish relations with Israel within two months. The Palestinians condemn the agreement and consider it a “new stab in the back of the Palestinian people” and a “political sin.”

Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician serving as Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, and previously from 1996 to 1999.

A White House spokesman announced Friday (October 23) that Israel and Sudan will normalize their diplomatic relations under the supervision of President Donald Trump. Mr. Trump aide, Judd Deere said “another major step toward building peace in the Middle East with another nation joining the Abraham Accords.”

“The State of Israel and the Republic of Sudan have agreed to make peace,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, Bloomberg News reported. Trump added that he had been in a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Sudanese counterpart Abdullah Hamdok.

“This is one of the great days in the history of Sudan,” Trump said, adding: “For decades, Sudan has been at a state of war with Israel. They have boycotted Israeli goods. There was no relationship whatsoever. Today’s peace agreement will enhance Israel’s security and end Sudan’s long isolation from the world.”

“For much of recent history, the people of Sudan were ruled over by brutal Islamic dictatorships,” Trump noted. “It was the home of Osama bin Laden, a place of terror, genocide, and many other tragedies.” Today, “new democracy is taking root” and “the Sudanese transitional government has demonstrated its commitment to combating terrorism.”

Journalists in the Oval Office attended a phone call between Donald Trump and officials in Israel and Sudan.

Netanyahu welcomed the agreement, and said, addressing Trump: “It is a new world. “We are cooperating with everyone. Building a better future for all of us.” Netanyahu added that he was taking steps towards normalizing relations with Sudan, saying that this represented a “new era” in the region. He added that Israeli and Sudanese delegations would meet soon to discuss trade and agricultural cooperation.

Khartoum confirmed the normalization of its relations with the State of Israel, according to a tripartite statement issued by Sudan, the United States, and Israel, which was broadcast on Sudanese state television.

Last February, the head of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, held a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda. A Sudanese government source revealed to France Press yesterday that a joint American-Israeli delegation visited Khartoum on Wednesday and met with Al-Burhan and discussed with him about the normalization of Sudanese-Israeli relations.

US President Donald Trump announces that Sudan will normalize relations with Israel at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 23, 2020.

With this agreement, Sudan will be the third Arab country to agree over the past few months to establish diplomatic relations with the Hebrew state, after the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

President Trump told reporters at the White House that there are at least five Arab countries that want to join the train of normalization and establish diplomatic relations with Israel, expecting Saudi Arabia to normalize its relations with the Hebrew state.

Prior to announcing the normalization of relations, the US administration revealed Trump’s intention to remove Khartoum from the list of states sponsoring terrorism. The White House said Trump had notified Congress of his intention to officially cancel Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The White House described the move as a “pivotal turning point” for Khartoum, which is seeking to emerge from decades of isolation. Congress is not expected to block Trump’s decision, but it must also pass legislation that would grant Sudan immunity from other claims.

The White House confirmed that  Sudan had transferred $335 million into an account to help victims of terrorism and their families. The inclusion of Sudan on the terrorism list is due to the behavior of the former regime in Khartoum, which was overthrown in a coup, following popular protests in 2019.

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