Trump announces Sudan normalising ties with Israel

  • Trump announces Sudan normalising ties with Israel

Trump announces Sudan normalising ties with Israel

Recently, the United States brokered diplomatic pacts between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Bahrain.

They say forcing Sudan to join the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which recognized Israel in the Abraham Accords signed last month at the White House, is an unnecessary irritant that will endanger the progress the country has made in the previous year.

Like President Barack Obama's push for more "daylight" between the United States and Israel, as well as his quest for a rapprochement with Iran, this attitude encouraged rejectionism, not peace. As the administrations latest foreign-policy initiative — an effort to force Sudan to normalize relations with Israel — has shown, not only is he not shy about exercising American influence, his ideas about the right way to intervene overseas are actually an improvement over the policies of the past.

The two Gulf states became the first in the Middle East to recognise Israel in 26 years.

Delegations from each country will meet in the following weeks to negotiate agreements of cooperation in those areas as well as in agriculture, technology, aviation, migration issues and other areas, the statement said. A specific date for talks has not been announced.

"The leaders agreed to the normalisation of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations", the statement added. Sudan has agreed to a peace and normalization agreement with Israel!

After decades of living under a brutal dictatorship, the people of Sudan are finally taking charge.

How was the move announced?

The deal, which would deepen Sudan's engagement with the West, follows Trump's conditional agreement this week to remove the North African nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation to American victims of terror attacks.

"We are expanding their circle of peace so rapidly with your leadership", Netanyahu was heard saying.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, Chairman al-Burhan, and Prime Minister Hamdok expressed their appreciation for President Trump for his pragmatic and unique approach to ending old conflicts and building a future of peace and opportunity for all the people of the region.

At one point, Trump took a jab at his 2020 rival: "Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi? Somehow I don't think so", Trump asked.

Netanyahu, reliant on bipartisan support for Israel in Washington, responded haltingly: "Well, Mr. President, one thing I can tell you, is, um, uh, we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America".

Trump, who is trailing in the polls ahead of the 3 November vote, has used his leverage over Sudan to press for recognition of Israel. BBC correspondents say the timing of the announcement is no coincidence.

Mr Trump's pro-Israel policies are seen by his advisers as appealing to Christian evangelical voters, a key part of his voter base.

"This is an incredible deal for Israel and Sudan", President Trump said in the Oval Office, according to a White House pool report.

The Hamas terror group, which rules the Gaza Strip, also condemned the deal as a "political sin" that harms both Palestinians and Sudanese.

Meanwhile, Israel said it would not oppose United States sales of high-grade military hardware to the UAE.

Israel had said it needed to maintain a military advantage over other states in the Middle East.

Sudan had been a foe of Israel since the latter's founding in 1948.

Netanyahu and other Israeli officials highlighted the symbolic reversal of what is known as the "Three Nos" issued by Arab governments meeting in Khartoum in 1967: No to peace with Israel; no to recognition of Israel; no to negotiations with Israel.

Sudan is now ruled by a joint civilian-military government, following the popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir past year.

Israel and Sudan plan to begin by opening economic and trade relations, with an initial focus on agriculture, the joint statement said. The U.S. said earlier this week that it would remove Sudan from the state sponsors of terrorism list as part of the agreement. Facing fuel and food shortages and sky-high inflation, Sudan is desperate for worldwide assistance, humanitarian aid, and foreign investment, all of which have been stymied or outright blocked by USA sanctions.