First the Emirates, then Bahrain: after decades of official radio silence, the two Arab countries have come closer to Israel. Now, according to the US government, the next country follows.
After the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Sudan has now announced normalization of relations with Israel, according to the US government. The Vice Spokesman of the White House, Judd Deere, announced on Friday, citing US President Donald Trump on Twitter.
It is “another important step towards building peace in the Middle East”. The White House had previously announced that Trump had informed Congress of his intention to remove Sudan from the notorious US list of state supporters of terrorists.
#BREAKING: President @realDonaldTrump has announced that Sudan and Israel have agreed to the normalization of relations— another major step toward building peace in the Middle East with another nation joining the Abraham Accords 🇸🇩 🇮🇱 🇺🇸
– Judd Deere (@ JuddPDeere45) October 23, 2020
In return, Sudan had agreed to compensate American terrorist victims and their families. The payment of 335 million dollars (around 290 million euros) by the interim government of Sudan has been received, said the White House.
Without Sudan there are only three countries on the list of terrorist supporters
The classification of Sudan as a terrorist state has isolated the country in northeast Africa internationally. After being deleted from the list, it should become easier for international companies and banks to do business in Sudan, among others.
In addition, it will also make it easier for the government in Khartoum to regain access to aid from multilateral donor institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The only other countries on the US terror list are North Korea, Iran and Syria. Sudan has been listed there since 1993.
Many Arab countries do not have diplomatic relations with Israel
For the crisis country Sudan this is an important step towards solving the deep economic and political problems. Under Trump’s mediation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain had in recent weeks historical agreements with Israel closed to normalize their relationships.
Sudan, with its predominantly Muslim population, has officially – like many Arab countries – no diplomatic relations with Israel. Especially since the overthrow of the autocratic President Omar Al-Bashir in April 2019, Khartoum has been trying to improve relations with the international community. Because the state in north-east Africa with its around 42 million inhabitants has been in a deep economic crisis for years – even the new fragile interim government of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk has not been able to change much.