Sudan’s Steps Towards Normalization of Ties with Israel?
The US will remove Sudan from the US’ State Sponsors of Terrorism list, President Donald Trump announced, possibly a step toward the full normalization of ties with Israel.
“GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list,” Trump tweeted Monday.
“At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!” he added.
This significant diplomatic development appears to be another step taken by Sudan towards its reacceptance back into the international community and its normalization of ties with Israel.
Sudan appears to be on way to full normalization of ties with Israel, weeks after the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed a peace treaty.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in February in Uganda with Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, a significant manifestation of the developing normalization between Israel and Arab and Muslim countries.
He also revealed that month that the first Israeli airplane passed over the skies of Sudan.
He explained that “vast changes are coming because Israel is now a power to contend with, and because collaboration with Israel helps you prepare, secure the future of your people and ensure a better future for your people. Securing the future, the safety of their people is obviously something on everyone’s mind, and the greatest threat to the security of the countries of the Middle East and countries in the world, is the attempt by Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons.”
Israel and Sudan have reportedly maintained secrets ties in they have made much progress.
The establishment of formal relations between the countries has great potential for both in a variety of areas including security, economy, energy, agriculture and water.