President Donald Trump announced on Friday that Sudan and Israel had agreed to normalize relations, a foreign policy accomplishment by the incumbent less than two weeks before the US presidential election.
Trump announced the announcement at the Oval Office where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sudanese Sovereign Council Chair Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok took part by telephone.
According to a joint statement by the three countries, the leaders of Sudan and Israel agreed to normalize relations between Sudan and Israel and end hostilities between their countries, and agreed to forge economic and trade relations, with an initial focus on agriculture.
Netanyahu said Israeli and Sudanese delegations would meet soon to discuss cooperation in areas such as agriculture and trade.
Palestinian leaders condemned the normalization agreement, calling it a serious betrayal of the Palestinian and Sudanese people. Militants from the Gaza Strip also expressed their anger.
The normalization announcement comes shortly after the White House said Trump informed Congress of his intention to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism. The annulment of the 27-year categorisation is widely seen as linked to an agreement with Israel, although Khartoum initially wanted to keep the matters separate.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Friday from the Oval Office that normalization and moves to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism have one thing in common: they make sense to the Sudanese people.
Pompeo said Sudan has done everything possible to get itself off the list, noting that the United States wants to support the civilian government which came up after Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir was toppled in a military coup in April 2019 after three decades in power.