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U.S. government : Trump announces normal relations between Sudan and Israel
After the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, according to the US government, Sudan has now also announced normalization of relations with Israel. This was announced by the Vice Spokesman of the White House, Judd Deere, citing US President Donald Trump on Twitter. It is "another important step towards the establishment of peace in the Middle East". The White House had previously announced that Trump had informed Congress of his intention to remove Sudan from the US list of state supporters of terrorists.
In return, Sudan had agreed to compensate US terrorist victims and their families. The payment of 335 million dollars (about 290 million euros) by the transitional government of Sudan has been received, said the White House.
The classification of Sudan as a terrorist state had isolated the country in northeast Africa internationally. After being deleted from the list, it should become easier for international companies and banks, among others, to do business in Sudan. 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.
No diplomatic relations so far
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 concluded historic agreements with Israel to normalize their relations in recent weeks.
Sudan, with its predominantly Muslim population, has so far 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. The state 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 so far been unable to change this.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal with Sudan in a video message a "tremendous upheaval" and a "dramatic breakthrough in the direction of peace, with another Arab country joining the circle of peace - this time with Sudan".
Arab states refused to recognize Israel for decades before there was a Palestinian state of their own. However, there has been no progress between Israel and the Palestinians for years. Instead, Netanyahu is trying to establish ties with Arab and African states and work with them against Iran.
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