It was announced by Trump himself, after the US removed the African country from the list of nations promoting terrorism.
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced this Friday that Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalize their relations, which makes the African country the arab third nation in adopting this decision with the mediation of the North American Government.
Moments after Trump formally removed Sudan from the list of countries promoting “terrorism”, journalists at the White House were taken to the Oval Office, where the president was speaking by phone with leaders of Sudan and Israel.
“President Donald Trump announced that Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalize relations,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere on Twitter.
It is “another important step towards peacebuilding in the Middle East,” Deere added.
The announcement of the bilateral agreement to recognize the State of Israel comes after two other Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, did the same recently.
Egypt and Jordan have already recognized Israel and signed peace agreements decades ago.
In a statement, the White House said that Sudan’s transitional government deposited $ 335 million as part of an agreement to compensate survivors and relatives of American victims of attacks committed when former President Omar al Bashir was protecting fighters from the extremist group Al Qaeda.
Trump had already anticipated that he hoped to remove Sudan from his list of extremist countries given that the new government was “doing great progress “.
“Once paid (the $ 335 million), I will remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsor of Terrorism. After waiting a long time there is JUSTICE for the Americans and a BIG step forward for Sudan!” He wrote on Monday on Twitter. .
Removal from the list must be approved by Congress following formal notification from Trump.
Getting off this list is one of the main priorities of the new Sudanese government, arising from the agreement between the army and the opposition after the coup that deposed Al Bashir in April 2019 after months of popular mobilizations.
The Prime Minister of the Sudanese Transitional Government, Abdallah Hamdok, thanked Trump for removing Sudan from the list.
“We are working closely with the US administration and Congress to complete the removal process” of Sudan on time from the list of countries sponsors of extremism, he wrote.
The country is on that United States list From 1993 for Al Bashir’s support of “terrorist” groups.
Being on that list prevents countries from requesting aid and loans from the main international financial institutions.
Last February, Sudan announced an agreement with the families of Marines killed in a 2000 attack by al Qaeda on a US ship off the coast of Yemen.