«Israel», Sudan Agree to Normalize Ties with US Help
By Staff, Agencies
The “Israeli” entity and Sudan agreed Friday agreed to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Sudan the third Arab country to normalize with the entity in the past two months.
US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call on Friday with “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior US officials said.
As part of the agreement, Trump took steps to remove Sudan from a US government list of countries promoting terrorism. A senior US official said Trump signed a document on Air Force One Thursday night to notify Congress of his intention to remove Sudan from the list.
"The leaders agreed to the normalization of relations between Sudan and ‘Israel’ and to end the state of belligerence between their nations," according to a joint statement.
Sudan followed a path begun by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in striking deals aimed at normalizing relations with the “Israeli” entity.
The agreement was negotiated on the US side by Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner, Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security official Miguel Correa.
"This is obviously a great breakthrough," Kushner told Reuters. "This is obviously going to create a big breakthrough ‘peace’ between ‘Israel’ and Sudan. Getting peace agreements done are not as easy as we are making them look right now. They are very hard to do."
A signing ceremony was expected to be held at the White House in coming weeks, the officials said.
The joint statement said the leaders agreed to begin economic and trade relations, with an initial focus on agriculture.
Delegations from Sudan, the US and the "Israeli" entity 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.
The statement said Sudan's transitional government has "demonstrated its courage and commitment to combating terrorism, building its democratic institutions, and improving its relations with its neighbors."
As a result, "the United States and 'Israel' agreed to partner with Sudan in its new start and ensure that it is fully integrated into the international community," the statement said.
Kushner called the normalization deals the start of a "paradigm shift" in the Middle East. He said Sudan's decision was symbolically significant because it was in Khartoum in 1967 that the Arab League decided not to recognize the “Israeli” entity’s right to exist.