Weekend Reads Sudan and Israel make peace, Trump boasting

17:50  24 october  2020
17:50  24 october  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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Sudan and Israel said in a three-way statement with the US that delegations would meet "in the coming weeks". "The leaders agreed to the normalisation of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations," it said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the agreement was a "dramatic breakthrough for peace " and the start of a "new era". Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok thanked Mr Trump for removing his country from the US terrorism list and said the Sudanese government was working "towards international relations that best serve our

Officials Say Peace Accord Between Sudan and Israel Is Already at Risk of Unraveling. Representatives for Sudan say the East African country will exit the accords brokered by the Trump administration if Congress refuses to give it immunity from future terrorism claims in court. Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of Sudan , left, made clear that the East African nation would not move forward with warming ties with Israel before Congress passes the so-called legal peace legislation.Credit Ebrahim Hamid/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

Donald Trump au téléphone avec Benyamin Nétanyahou depuis le bureau ovale, le 23 octobre. © 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 liaison with the Prime Ministers of Israel and Sudan, he announced the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries. A historic rapprochement that aims to put an end to decades of hostilities between Khartoum and the Hebrew state created in 1948.

The White House had announced just before that Sudan was going to be removed from its list of states supporting terrorism, where it has been featured since 1993. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok thanked the US President for the move, saying it would have a major economic impact. His Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, also praised Trump: "We are expanding the circle of peace so quickly thanks to your leadership."

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.

Trump asked his ally, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump said Sudan had demonstrated a commitment to battling terrorism. "This is one of the great days in the history of Sudan ," Trump said, adding that Israel and Sudan have been in a state of war for decades. Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising last year led the military to overthrow the longtime autocrat, Omar al-Bashir. A military-civilian government rules the country, with elections possible in late 2022. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok thanked Trump for signing the executive order to

Donald Trump has announced that Sudan and Israel have made “ peace ”, claiming a foreign-policy success just days before the US election. The US president made the remarks in front of reporters at the Oval Office on Friday as he signed an executive order to remove Sudan from a US list of state sponsors of terrorism — which many had seen as a precursor to the normalisation of relations with Israel . Abdalla Hamdok, Sudanese prime minister, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudanese chairman of the sovereignty council, and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, “agreed to the normalisation of

Surrounded by his Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, the US president also said that "at least five" other Arab countries wanted to normalize their relations with the Hebrew state, and said he expected that Saudi Arabia be among them. Egypt, the only Arab state with Jordan to recognize Israel until last month, welcomed the announcement.

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

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

Sudan is the third Arab country since August to announce a normalization of relations with Israel, after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

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President Trump said Israel and Sudan agreed to start normalizing ties, opening economic and trade relations. The state of Israel and the Republic of Sudan have agreed to make peace . This is — for many, many years, they’ve been at odds, to put it nicely. The reconciliation between the two former foes started in February when General al-Burhan met in Uganda with Mr. Netanyahu. Soon after, in a confidence-building gesture, Israel ’s national airline, El Al, was allowed to fly through Sudanese airspace on routes between Israel and South America.

The peace deal came shortly after Trump announced a plan to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, which the country has been on for 27 years. Trump said Monday he would lift the terrorist classification once Sudan deposited 5 million into an escrow account – the money would go to the victims and In August, Trump announced an “historic peace agreement” between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, followed just a month later by a similar deal with Bahrain. Palestinians have called the peace deals “a stab in the back” which upend the decades-long strategy of prioritizing a

Washington stepped up pressure for Sudan to normalize its relations with Israel ahead of the November 3 presidential election, assuring that there was no link to the lifting of US sanctions against the country, but many observers believed opposite. In Gaza, the Islamist movement Hamas denounced "a political sin which harms the Palestinian people and their just cause, also harms the national interest of Sudan [...] and only benefits Netanyahu".

The United States returned to Khartoum under Barack Obama, when former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir began to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and played the game of peace in South Sudan. The revolution that swept through Omar al-Bashir in the spring of 2019 only accelerated the movement.

Sudan's removal from the list of countries supporting terrorism comes after Khartoum “agreed to resolve certain demands of American victims of terrorism and their families. Yesterday, in application of this agreement, the transitional government of Sudan transferred 335 million dollars to an escrow account for these victims and their families ”, specified the White House. These include the attacks perpetrated in 1998 by the jihadist nebula Al-Qaeda against the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people.

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