Sudan agrees to normalise relations with Israel, Trump says

  • Sudan agrees to normalise relations with Israel, Trump says

Sudan agrees to normalise relations with Israel, Trump says

President Donald Trump formally notified Congress on Friday that his administration will remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, almost 30 years after the African country was first listed.

US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior US officials said.

Announcing the deal, Mr Trump said "at least five more Arab states" wanted a peace deal with Israel.

At the heart of their concerns is a genuine dilemma about whether pushing Sudan to recognize Israel will be counterproductive.

Earlier this week, President Trump said he planned to remove Sudan from the SST list in exchange for a $335m payment to "US terror victims and families". 'This is one of the great days in the history of Sudan, ' Trump said, adding that Israel and Sudan have been in a state of war for decades.

Theyre also the same people who said that normalization with Israel in the Arab world would have to await the creation of a Palestinian state and that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv would set the region aflame.

Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis told Israel's Army Radio on Wednesday that an announcement on ties would likely come before the United States election. Building a better future for all of us'.

Netanyahu has made it a priority to forge ties with formerly hostile countries in Africa and the Arab world in the absence of any progress with the Palestinians during his more than decade in office. The deal also is aimed at unifying Arab countries against their common adversary, Iran. So long as Americans indulged Palestinian extremism, as well as Arab and Muslim extremism, normalization with Israel was impossible.

The deal with Sudan will include aid and investment from Israel, particularly in technology and agriculture, along with further debt relief.

Until not very long ago, Sudan had one of the most unsafe and most despised governments on the planet. The visit came at a time of protests in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan over dire economic conditions.

To exit the blacklist, which has severely impeded investment, the cash-strapped nation agreed to pay $335 million to survivors and victims' families from Al-Qaeda twin bombings in 1998 of the USA embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The funds are set to be allocated to the victims of the 1998 United States embassy bombings in East Africa and the attack on the USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer, in 2000 off the coast of Yemen. It would open the door for Sudan to get global loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country's transition to democracy.

Such a move would not be imminent, because the parliament still needs to be established under a power-sharing deal between the military officers and civilians who have been running Sudan jointly since the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

At the same time, Trump's aides have been pressing Sudan to take steps toward normalising relations with Israel, following similar US-brokered moves in recent weeks by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Unlike with Bahrain and the UAE, there has been a state of hostilities between Sudan and Israel, even if they had not been in direct conflict.

"Yesterday, in fulfillment of that agreement, the transitional government of Sudan transferred $335 million into an escrow account for these victims and their families", she said. Gen. Miguel Correa, the senior director for Gulf Affairs on the U.S. National Security Council, the official said.

Unmentioned in the joint statement was that Sudan has agreed, according to the senior USA official, to designate Lebanon´s Hezbollah movement as a terrorist organization, something that Israel has long sought from its neighbors and others in the worldwide community.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman expressed certainty that there were several Arab countries that will normalize with Israel.