Sudan agreed on Friday to be the last Arab country to recognize Israel in the diplomatic coup announced by President Donald Trump ahead of the US election.
The UAE and Bahrain signed agreements to normalize relations with Israel at the White House last month, but Sudan added symbolism as an Arab nation at war with Israel.
Trump announced the agreement of the one-year-old Sudanese government-backed government, moments after officially deciding to end the nation’s designation of a sponsor state for terrorism, a key target for Khartoum.
Reporters ran to the Oval Office where Trump was at the speaker led by Sudan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close aide to the Republican president.
Netanyahu was heard telling Trump: “This is really changing the region. It improves the lives of our people and allows us to focus on the work of building our nations. ”
Trump said more Arab states are also seeking recognition of Israel, including regional power Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam’s two holiest cities.
“We have at least five more who want to come in and we’ll have a lot more as soon as possible,” Trump said in a room wearing masks despite the Kovid-19 outbreak.
Last month Jordan and Egypt – the only Arab nations to recognize Israel – were neighbors to the Jewish state that made peace after US mediation.
An economic boon for Sudan
The United States and Israel are pledged to promote trade with Sudan, a vulnerable and conflict-ravaged nation that was criticized for its violent internal campaigns until the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir last year.
In a three-way statement, Sudan and Israel said the delegation would meet “in the coming weeks to negotiate cooperation agreements,” including agriculture, aviation and migration issues.
“The leaders agreed to normalize relations between Sudan and Israel and end the state of militancy between their nations,” he said without setting a date.
As part of the deal to blacklist terrorists, the White House said the transitional government of Sudan paid $ 100 to compensate survivors and their families in anti-US attacks when Al-Qaeda was greeted by the Bashir regime. 335 million.
Sudan’s civilian Prime Minister Abdullah Hamadok thanked Trump for the terrorist designation without mentioning recognition of Israel – a move he previously said he had no authority to make.
Hamadok’s office said in a statement that the move would open the doors for a qualified return from Sudan to the international community and the international financial and banking sector, as well as regional and international investments.
But Sudanese television later said that Sudan had in fact agreed to end the war situation with Israel and normalize relations.
On the phone, Sudan’s chief general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who met Netanyahu earlier this year.
Trump had announced Monday his intention to distribute Sudan via Twitter. But in the days leading up to his official resignation, Israel sent a delegation to Khartoum to discuss normalization.
Trump, lagging behind the election ahead of the Nov. 3 vote, used his influence over Sudan to push for Israeli recognition.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hoped on Wednesday that Sudan would recognize the Jewish state “immediately” – a major reason for Trump’s evangelical Christian base.
Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have long enjoyed calm relations with Israel, but Sudan’s decision is particularly significant in light of the country’s history.
Sudan played a small role in the Arab-Israeli wars and after Israel’s decisive victory in 1967, Khartoum was where the Arab League held its famous “three no’s” – no peace, no recognition and no negotiations with Israel.
Sudan has been demanding for years the removal of designation as a sponsor state of terrorism, severely hampering investment as some foreign companies want to risk the wrath of US lawsuits.
With Trump’s formal decision, Congress has 45 days to pass a resolution opposing the current issue.
Congress should not stop in this direction, but the law should also approve Sudan’s immunity from other claims.
By then, the escrow account would have an investment of $ 335 million.
The money includes compensation for the survivors and family members of those killed in Al Qaeda’s double attacks in 1998 on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
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