Trump announces Sudan normalising ties with Israel

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner applaud as Mr Trump speaks with leaders of Israel and Sudan on the phone

In the meantime, Trump celebrated the announcements Friday, by touting his deal-making abilities: "Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi?" he asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a speakerphone, referring to former Vice President Joe Biden the morning after their last debate.

At the heart of their concerns is a genuine dilemma about whether pushing Sudan to recognize Israel will be counterproductive.

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.

"What became apparent was that in order to capitalize on this momentous historic opportunity, it was necessary to suspend a component of the vision for peace", Berkowitz said, referencing Trump's plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which calls for 30 percent of the West Bank to be annexed by Israel.

Mr. Trumps boast of not involving the United States in new wars is deprecated by some of his critics as isolationism.

"It is a new world", Netanyahu said over the phone. The deal also is aimed at unifying Arab countries against their common adversary, Iran. So long as Americans indulged Palestinian extremism, as well as Arab and Muslim extremism, normalization with Israel was impossible. But, as we've seen with his tough stance on Iran, and his effort to maneuver the Gulf States and now Sudan into peace with Israel, he is not afraid of foreign interventions.

The deal with Sudan will include aid and investment from Israel, particularly in technology and agriculture, along with further debt relief.

Until not long ago, Sudan had one of the most unsafe and most despised governments on the planet. The visit came at a time of protests in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan over dire economic conditions.

Trump's announcement, the morning after the final presidential debate with Democrat Joe Biden, came after Sudan followed through on its pledge to deliver $335 million USA to compensate American victims of past terror attacks and their families.

To exit the blacklist, which has severely impeded investment, the cash-strapped nation agreed to pay $335 million to survivors and victims' families from Al-Qaeda twin bombings in 1998 of the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.


Trump said on Tuesday that once the funds were transferred, he would remove Sudan from the list. It would open the door for Sudan to get worldwide loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country's transition to democracy. Bashir, whose government allowed Osama bin Laden to reside in Sudan for a number of years, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes committed during his regime.

Sudan's strongman leader, Omar al-Bashir, was ousted in a military coup in April 2019 after three decades in power. A military-civilian government rules the country, with elections possible in late 2022.

This disagreement sums up in a nutshell America's mistaken approach to the Arab world in the decades before Trump arrived in the White House.

The statement asserts that Sudan's transitional government has "demonstrated its courage and commitment to combating terrorism, building its democratic institutions, and improving its relations with its neighbours".

President Donald Trumps approach to foreign policy has been subjected to harsh criticism since before he took office.

Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, told the "Fox & Friends" program on Thursday morning that "there's more to come" after the recent us -brokered accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

In February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in secret with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council, in Uganda, and the two leaders reportedly agreed to start the process of normalising ties. He has also insisted that Sudan normalize relations with the State of Israel.

"New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to US terror victims and families".

Kushner said that other normalization agreements between Israel and Arab nations are in the works, but would not say which countries or when those deals might be completed.

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