Sudan signs deal with US, set to normalize ties with Israel

Khartoum, Jan 6 (EFE).- Sudan has signed the Abraham Accords declaration with the United States, joining other Arab nations in establishing full diplomatic and economic ties with Israel, the Sudanese government said Wednesday.

The signing comes after US President Donald Trump announced in October that Sudan would normalize relations with Israel.

In a statement, the Sudanese government said the Minister of Justice Nasredeen Abdulbari was in charge of signing the deal with US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, who flew to Khartoum earlier on the day.

“It is an important step because it shows that we trust that peace is what will strengthen the rapprochement between the peoples and will build relations between them,” Abdulbari said.

He also stressed that the agreement is “a basic guarantee to build diplomatic relations between all peoples of the area and to guarantee a better future for next generations.”

Sudan now officially joins the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, who signed treaties with Israel in September last year at the White House during a ceremony that Trump presided over.

Khartoum joined the agreement after it was removed last month from the US State Sponsors of Terrorism list after almost three decades, allowing Sudan to regain access to international credit agencies.

Earlier Wednesday, Sudan and the US also signed a memorandum of understanding to help clear the outstanding debts of the African country with the World Bank (WB) and restore funding from the international organization.

The agreement was signed by Sudanese Finance Minister Heba Ahmed and Mnuchin, who is on a Middle East tour.

The Abraham Accords deal is the first such major agreement between Arab countries and the Jewish state in a quarter of a century.

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