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Offbeat Sudan normalizes relations with Israel

22:05  23 october  2020
22:05  23 october  2020 Source:   dw.com

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After the Emirates and Bahrain, the Islamic state in northeast Africa is also moving towards Israel. US President Trump announces the news.

Wenige Tage vor der Wahl verkündet US-Präsident Trump die Nachricht im Weißen Haus © Alex Edelman / AFP / Getty Images A few days before the election, US President Trump announced the news in the White House

Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize their relations, according to US President Donald Trump . This is "another important step towards peace in the Middle East," Trump told journalists in the White House. He announced on Twitter that other Arab states would soon move in the same direction.

HUGE win today for the United States and for peace in the world. Sudan has agreed to a peace and normalization agreement with Israel! With the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, that’s THREE Arab countries to have done so in only a matter of weeks. More will follow! pic.twitter.com/UHB8H6oaZc

Israel sends a delegation to Bahrain to formalize their diplomatic ties

 Israel sends a delegation to Bahrain to formalize their diplomatic ties ISRAEL-BAHRAIN: Israel sends a delegation to Bahrain to formalize their diplomatic ties © Reuters / RONEN ZVULUN ISRAEL Sends a delegation to BAHRAIN TO FORMALIZE THEIR DIPLOMATIC TIES3 X Reuters) - Israel sends a delegation to Bahrain on Sunday to formalize nascent diplomatic ties, a month after the United States signed an agreement to normalize relations, as Washington seeks to expand cooperation in the Gulf facing the influence of Iran.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2020

Immediately before that, the White House had taken steps to remove Sudan from a US terrorist list. In recent months, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had normalized their relations with Israel through US mediation.

Success before Election Day

Promoting Israel's diplomatic ties to Arab US allies in the region is a central goal of Trump's Middle East policy. The US President is standing for re-election on November 3rd - and with the agreement between Israel and Sudan one and a half weeks before the election, he has now achieved another foreign policy success.

Der Leiter der sudanesischen Übergangsregierung, Ministerpräsident Abdullah Hamduk (Archivbild) © Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters The head of the Sudanese interim government, Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk (archive picture)

Israel and Bahrain officially formalize diplomatic ties

 Israel and Bahrain officially formalize diplomatic ties ISRAEL-BAHRAIN: Israel and Bahrain officially formalize diplomatic ties © Reuters / HAMAD I MOHAMMED ISRAEL AND BAHAMMED OFFICIALLY FORMALIZE DIPLOMATIC TIES n MANAMA and Bahrain (Reuters) signed Sunday, a joint statement to formalize their diplomatic ties, according to a Reuters journalist, a month after the signing under the aegis of the United States of an agreement to normalize their relations.

Netanyahu thanked the US President during a phone call between Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Sudanese leadership, who was attended by journalists in the White House. The "circle of peace" is getting bigger, he explained.

Tempting offer

Apparently the US government used the removal from the terrorist list as a means to persuade Sudan to recognize Israel. Trump informed Congress that the East African country should be removed from the list of terrorism supporters. This is a formally necessary step.

The Sudanese interim government provided $ 335 million (around 283 million euros) to compensate survivors and relatives of victims of terrorist attacks, the White House said. The move enables "a new future of cooperation and support for the current and historic democratic transition" in Sudan.

Washington has led the country with more than 40 million inhabitants on the terror list since 1993. Relations with the United States were extremely tense during the almost 30-year rule of the Sudanese ruler, Omar al-Bashir. Sudan had accepted al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, among others. Al-Bashir was overthrown by the army in April 2019 after months of mass protests. Iran, North Korea and Syria are also currently on the US terror list.

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Sudan and Israel make peace, Trump boasting .
© ALEX EDELMAN Donald Trump on the phone with Benyamin Netanyahu from the Oval Office, October 23. Eleven days before the US presidential election, Donald Trump did not hesitate to stage his "huge victory for world peace". From the Oval Office, in conjunction with the Prime Ministers of Israel and Sudan, he announced the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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