President Donald Trump said he will lift sanctions on Sudan as he announced a deal between the African nation and Israel.
President Trump has announced that Sudan is joining the historic Abraham Accords and will normalize relations with Israel. It is the fifth nation since 1978 to do so. The last two, Bahrain and UAE, made the move in just the past month.
In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump got on the phone with Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Abdalla Hamdok to celebrate the news. The president also noted that more surprising candidates would soon be joining the agreement, such as Saudi Arabia.
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
A few days earlier, the president tweeted that Sudan had agreed to pay $335 million to U.S. terror victims and families. Once that money was deposited, Trump said, Sudan would be removed from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. By getting rid of the designation, Sudan can now be eligible for aid from international financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund.
This is only possible because of @realDonaldTrump.
🇮🇱 🇦🇪 Israel-UAE peace deal
🇮🇱 🇧🇭 Israel-Bahrain peace deal
🇷🇸 🇽🇰 Serbia-Kosovo economic normalization
🇮🇱 🇸🇩 Today, President Trump said Israel and Sudan have agreed to make peace and normalize relations.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 23, 2020
Sudan’s entrance into the accords is now added to Trump’s list of successes in the Middle East.