Weekend Reads Donald Trump announces the normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan

21:50  23 october  2020
21:50  23 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Donald Trump a annoncé la normalisation des relations diplomatiques entre Israël et le Soudan à l'issue d'un entretien téléphonique avec leurs dirigeants. Le 23 octobre 2020. © REUTERS / Carlos Barria Donald Trump announced the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and Sudan after a telephone interview with their leaders. October 23, 2020.

US President Donald Trump announced this Friday, October 23, the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and Sudan, assuring that the two countries had made "peace".

After the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the Hebrew state will normalize its relations with a third country. Israel and Sudan have made "peace", declared Donald Trump after a telephone conversation with the leaders of the two countries, which journalists were able to attend. "The president announced that Sudan and Israel had agreed to normalize their relations, a new major step towards peace in the Middle East," said a spokesman for the US executive.

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 Bahrain and Israel officially formalize diplomatic ties © Ronen Zvulun, Reuters Israel and Bahrain signed a joint statement on October 18 to formalize their diplomatic ties in Manama. The states of Bahrain and Israel initialed on Sunday in Manama, the capital of the archipelago, a document that establishes diplomatic relations between the two countries, a month after the signing at the White House of a normalization agreement between the two countries, becoming the fourth Arab country to take this diplomatic step.

Donald Trump assured that other agreements were in preparation. "We have at least five who want to come (make peace) and we'll have a lot more than that soon."

"A new era"

The announcement of this Friday is considered in Israel as a pivotal event in the Middle East, indicates our correspondent in Jerusalem, Michel Paul . A real change of direction. Fifty-three years after the Khartoum Resolution proclaiming the three "no's" of the Arab League - no to peace with Israel, no to recognition of the Hebrew state and no negotiations with Israel - Sudan says exactly the opposite , enthused Benjamin Netanyahu: yes to these three options.

"This is a new era, an era of genuine peace, the peace that is spreading to new Arab countries. Three of them in recent weeks. We are expanding the circle of peace. What emotion. Provided that this continues, ”said the Israeli Prime Minister.

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 Sudan about to leave the US blacklist © Getty Images / Robert Caputo Aerial view of Khartoum, Sudan. Negotiations concerning the withdrawal of Sudan from the American list of states supporting terrorism continue. A vital withdrawal for the country's economy, but one voice suggests a quick and positive outcome: that of Donald Trump. On Twitter, the American president assured Monday evening, October 19, an imminent agreement. “Great news! », Writes the American president.

In Jerusalem, it is indicated that Israeli and Sudanese delegations will meet very soon to consider cooperation in various fields. Already now, it is also claimed, the Sudanese skies are open to Israeli commercial flights. The journeys, especially to Africa and South America, will be considerably shortened. Diplomatic sources also indicate that the issue of Sudanese refugees in Israel is included in the normalization agreement with Khartoum.

Just before the announcement of this normalization, the US executive announced Donald Trump's intention to remove Khartoum from the list of states supporting terrorism. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok thanked Donald Trump during the call, welcoming the major impact this measure would have on the Sudanese economy.

(With 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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