Dramatic news in the Middle East tonight.
President Donald J. Trump on Friday announced that the Arab Republic of Sudan and the Jewish State of Israel have agreed to the normalization of relations, “another major step towards building peace in the Middle East with another nation joining the Abraham Accords.”
This confirms what ALL ARAB NEWS reported earlier in the week.
This will be the 5th Arab-Israeli peace treaty ever — and the third since August.
- Egypt — 1979
- Jordan — 1994
- United Arab Emirates — Sept. 15, 2020 (initially announced on Aug. 13)
- Bahrain — Sept. 15, 2020
- Sudan — Oct. 23, 2020
“It is a new world,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said over the phone. “We are cooperating with everyone. Building a better future for all of us.”
Here is the statement from the White House:
President Donald J. Trump, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke today to discuss Sudan’s historic progress towards democracy and opportunities to advance peace in the region.
After decades of living under a brutal dictatorship, the people of Sudan are finally taking charge. The Sudanese transitional government has demonstrated its courage and commitment to combating terrorism, building its democratic institutions, and improving its relations with its neighbors. In light of this historic progress, and following President Trump’s decision to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, 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 United States will take steps to restore Sudan’s sovereign immunity and to engage its international partners to reduce Sudan’s debt burdens, including advancing discussions on debt forgiveness consistent with the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. The United States and Israel also committed to working with their partners to support the people of Sudan in strengthening their democracy, improving food security, countering terrorism and extremism, and tapping into their economic potential.
The leaders agreed to the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations. In addition, the leaders agreed to begin economic and trade relations, with an initial focus on agriculture. 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. This move will improve regional security and unlock new opportunities for the people of Sudan, Israel, the Middle East, and Africa.
This historic agreement is a testament to the bold and visionary approach of the four leaders. 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.
Earlier in the week, Trump announced that he was removing Sudan from the list of terrorist nations.
“GREAT news!” he wrote. “New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!”
Sudan’s pledge to pay reparations to American terror victims and their families is part of several overtures it has made since its transitional government replaced dictator Omar al-Bashir who is in jail and could face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in an international court.