President Trump announced in the Oval Office today that Sudan and Israel, two nations with drastically opposing viewpoints, will normalize relations and end the hostility towards one another.
This comes as President Trump achieved two major deals that also normalize Israeli relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two Arabian nations that have long been opposing Israel as a nation. Now, Sudan joins this list as the third Arab nation to recognize Israel as a nation this year.
Sudan’s history with Israel is long and bloody, with the Sudanese sending troops to all of Israel’s wars with other Arab nations. They even went so far as to adopt the Arab League resolution to Israel’s sovereignty: “no peace, no recognition, no negotiations.”
Now that Sudan has ousted its authoritarian government, its new transitional government has reportedly tried to bring Sudan into a more stable and democratic climate, leading to this deal being made.
On top of establishing peace, the two nations agreed to focus on economic and trade relations, beginning with the agriculture sector. There were also talks for the two sides to meet and discuss ways to cooperate on agriculture technology, aviation, and migration issues, among other things.
Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, along with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met on a conference call with President Trump to announce the deal.
President Trump tweeted that the deal was a “HUGE win for the United States and for peace in the world.” He later stated with “More will follow!”
Earlier in the week, the President stated that he would remove Sudan from the state-sponsored terrorist list as soon as the country deposited $335 million in compensation for the bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
The Sudanese Information Minister confirmed that the money was deposited, and President Trump removed Sudan from the list.
It has been rumored that more deals are in the works for countries to normalize relations with Israel. Through these negotiations, all the parties involved are hoping to further boost economic cooperation and potentially bring peace to the Middle East.
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