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Weekend Reads Pompeo hopes Sudan will recognize Israel "quickly"

23:40  21 october  2020
23:40  21 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Pompeo espère que le Soudan reconnaîtra Israël © Provided by Le Point

US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he hopes Sudan will normalize diplomatic relations with Israel "soon" after the United States announced the upcoming withdrawal of Khartoum from their blacklist of states supporting terrorism.

"We continue to work to advocate for the recognition of Israel by all countries," the secretary of state said at a press conference in Washington.

"We are working diligently with them to explain to them why it is in the best interest of the Sudanese government to make this sovereign decision. We hope they will do it, and we hope they will do it quickly," he said. added.

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.

Washington has stepped up pressure for Khartoum to normalize its relations with Israel before the US presidential election on November 3, as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have done in recent weeks.

The American administration, without denying this insistent request, ensures that no direct link exists with the lifting of sanctions, but several observers and media have reported the opposite.

President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the United States was preparing to remove Sudan from the blacklist on which the country has appeared since 1993. A real turning point for Khartoum, which has long called for the lifting of these sanctions, which are synonymous with hinders investment for its breathless economy.

United States. After years of negotiations, Trump will remove Sudan from the

 United States. After years of negotiations, Trump will remove Sudan from the blacklist © Ebrahim HAMID / AFP At the head of a transitional government, Abdalla Hamdok convinced Donald Trump to remove Sudan from the American blacklist. Between two campaign meetings, Donald Trump decided to remove Sudan from the blacklist of states supporting terrorism, due to the appointment of a transitional government.

According to the agreement between the two countries, Sudan was to first transfer to a blocked account 335 million dollars in compensation for the families of the victims of the attacks perpetrated in 1998 by the jihadist nebula Al-Qaeda against the embassies of the United States in Kenya and Tanzania, which had killed more than 200 people.

The Sudanese authorities have assured that they have made the payment.

The removal from the blacklist must now be notified to Congress, which in turn must pass a law confirming Sudan's legal immunity as a state in these cases. Only then will compensation be released and paid to families.

"I do not know the precise timetable" to remove Sudan from the blacklist, said Mike Pompeo, who said in September that it would take place before the end of October, that is to say before the US presidential election on November 3 .

"It's the right thing to do," he said, however, saying he was convinced of "enormous support that transcends parties" in Congress.

21/10/2020 19:49:14 - Washington (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Sudan wants to save its economy thanks to the normalization of relations with Israel .
© AP Photo / Hussein Malla A market in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital (illustrative image). The normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel is progressing slowly and is dividing Sudanese society. On Sunday, Khartoum announced upcoming talks between the Sudanese and Israelis with a view to reaching a broad agreement laying the foundations for their future cooperation. But Sudan, whose economy is failing, needs help in return.

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