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World Sudan becomes third Arab state this year to set aside hostilities with Israel

08:21  24 october  2020
08:21  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to take steps to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States , making Khartoum the third Arab government to set aside hostilities with Israel in the last two months. U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking re-election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel was taking steps to normalize ties with Sudan , calling it the start of "a new era" in the region. US President, Donald Trump has announced that Sudan and Israel have agreed to the normalization of relations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin

Israel and Sudan have agreed to take steps to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Khartoum the third Arab government to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months.

US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on November 3, 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, senior US officials said.

Mr Trump's decision this week to remove Sudan from the US 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.

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Israel and Sudan have agreed to work towards normalising relations in a deal brokered by the US that would make Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months. Donald Trump sealed the agreement in a phone call on Friday with the Israeli prime minister

Israel and Sudan agreed Friday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States , making Sudan the third Arab country to end hostilities with the Jewish state in the past Delegations from each country are set to meet in the coming weeks to negotiate the specifics of the

Mr Netanyahu hailed it as a "new era" for the region, but the Palestinian leadership, watching as more of their Arab brethren appear to give their quest for statehood a lower priority, called it a "new stab in the back".

Israel and Sudan plan to begin by opening economic and trade links, with an initial focus on agriculture, the joint statement said.

A senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said such issues as formal establishment of diplomatic ties would be resolved later.

In recent weeks, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to agree to formal links with Israel, forged largely through shared fears of Iran.

Dropping Sudan from the terrorism list

Mr Trump announced on Monday he would take Sudan off the terrorism list once it had deposited $US335 ($469 million) it had pledged to pay in compensation for victims of al Qaeda attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

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Sudan , by far the largest of the three Arab states in recent months to begin normalizing relations with Israel , agreed to the arrangement only four days The deal will allow economic and trade relations between Israel and Sudan — an impoverished East African country that only last year emerged from

Sudan is the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day. "Iran ultimately will become a member of this whole thing. Look, someday I'd love to help Iran get back on Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising last year led the military to Unlike with Bahrain and the UAE, there has been a state of hostilities between Sudan and Israel

The White House called Mr Trump's intention to remove Sudan from the terrorism list a "pivotal turning point" for Khartoum, which is seeking to emerge from decades of isolation.

The military and civilian leaders of Sudan's transitional government have been divided over how fast and how far to go in establishing ties with Israel.

A sticking point in the negotiations was Sudan's insistence that any announcement of Khartoum's delisting from the terrorism designation not be explicitly linked to relations with Israel.

The Sudanese premier wants approval from a yet-to-be formed parliament to proceed with broader, formal normalisation, and that may not be a quick process given sensitivities and civilian-military differences.

It is still unclear when the assembly will be created.

"Agreement on normalisation with Israel will be decided after completion of the constitutional institutions through the formation of the legislative council," Sudanese Foreign Minister Omar Gamareldin said on state television shortly after Friday's announcement.

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"At least five more Arab states want peace with Israel ," Trump told reporters. Reporters were escorted into the Oval Office where Trump was on speakerphone with Sudan 's leadership and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally of the embattled Republican president.

Sudan is joining the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in formally recognizing the existence of Israel and moving to establish diplomatic ties. Unlike with Bahrain and the UAE, there has been a state of hostilities between Sudan and Israel , even if they had not been in direct conflict.

The new agreement was negotiated on the US side by a team that included Mr Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who called the normalisation deals the start of a "paradigm shift" in the Middle East.

He said Sudan's decision was symbolically significant because it was in Khartoum in 1967 that the Arab League decided not to recognise Israel's right to exist.

Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism dates to its toppled ruler Omar al-Bashir and has made it difficult for its transitional government to access urgently needed debt relief and foreign financing.

Many in Sudan say the designation, imposed in 1993 because Washington believed Mr Bashir was supporting militant groups, has become outdated since he was removed last year.

US congressional legislation is needed to shield Khartoum from future legal claims over past attacks to ensure the flow of payments to the embassy bombing victims and their families.

Reuters

Sudan, US sign agreement to restore sovereign immunity .
Sudan will settle cases against it in US courts, including the 1998 bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.The Sudanese Ministry of Justice said in a statement on Friday that the agreement will settle cases brought against Sudan in US courts, including for the bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, for which Sudan has agreed to pay a $335m compensation to victims.

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