Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States. This makes Sudan the third Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months.
US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call on Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior US officials said.
As part of the agreement, Trump took steps to remove Sudan from a US government list of countries promoting terrorism. A senior US official said Trump signed a document on Air Force One on Thursday night to notify Congress of his intention to remove Sudan from the list.
“The leaders agreed to the normalisation of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations,” according to a joint statement issued by the three countries.
Sudan followed a path begun by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in striking deals aimed at normalising relations with Israel.— Reuters