Oct 24, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to take steps to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, adding to the achievements of President Donald Trump that may win him a second term in the White House
According to a statement from the White House, the leaders of Sudan and Israel “agreed to the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations” and “agreed to begin economic and trade relations”
The White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claims that the Us President Donald Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
“Today represents a momentous step forward in the United States-Sudan bilateral relationship and marks a pivotal turning point for Sudan, allowing for a new future of collaboration and support for its ongoing and historic democratic transition,” Kayleigh McEnany said.
The statement further said that Sudan and Israel said delegations would meet “in the coming weeks to negotiate agreements of cooperation” including on agriculture, aviation and migration.
“The leaders also agreed that delegations will meet in the coming weeks to negotiate agreements of cooperation in those areas as well as in agriculture technology, aviation, migration issues and other areas for the benefit of the two peoples. The leaders also resolved to work together to build a better future and advance the cause of peace in the region,” the joint statement said.
Trump’s decision this week to remove Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism paved the way for the accord with Israel, marking a foreign policy achievement for the Republican president as he seeks a second term trailing in opinion polls behind Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Sudan’s civilian prime minister, Abdulla Hamdok, thanked Trump over the terror designation removal and the U.S. praised Sudan as a “tolerant, peace-loving country.”
“This decision will open wide the door to Sudan’s deserved return to the international community,” Hamdok’s office said in a statement that did not mention ties with Israel.
The White House claims that Sudan has pledged to work closely with the US Administration and the Congress.
“We’re working closely with the US Administration & Congress to conclude the (state sponsor of terrorism list) removal process in a timely manner,” he wrote on Twitter Friday. “We work towards int’l relations that best serve our people.” Kayleigh said.
While big on winning the election, the Trump’s White House reiterated that 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.
The U.S. also confirmed that the Sudanese authorities have paid the agreed $335 millions but it is not clear when President Trump will announce the removal of Sudan from the list of terrorism.
“Yesterday, in fulfillment of that agreement, the transitional government of Sudan transferred $335 million into an escrow account for these victims and their families,” she said.