Sudan will soon normalize its diplomatic relationship with Israel after signing an agreement with the United States, the Sudanese government said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the agreement during a visit from U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, according to the Associated Press. The White House did not immediately respond to a request to confirm that a deal had been signed. Sudan would also enjoy some forgiveness toward its $60 billion debt to the World Bank as part of the deal. Sudan will be the third majority-Muslim country to normalize ties with Israel under the Abraham Accords.
“This is a very, very significant agreement … It would have a tremendous impact on the people of Israel and the people of Sudan as they continue to work together on cultural and economic opportunities and trade,” Mnuchin said during his visit, according to the AP. (RELATED: Report: First Commercial Flight Between Israel And UAE To Take Off Monday)
Abdulbari said Sudan welcomed “the rapprochement that took place between Israel and the countries in the region, as well as the beginning of diplomatic relations, which we will work, form our side in the near future, to strengthen and expand them in the interest of Sudan and in the interest of other countries in the region,” the AP reported.
Sudan will join the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the Abraham Accords. President Donald Trump said in October that he expects several other Arab countries to join the pact, including regional giant Saudi Arabia.
The Trump administration’s effort to broker peace agreements in the Middle East is among the most successful ventures of Trump’s presidency. The deal is one of the few foreign policy areas where President-Elect Joe Biden plans to build off of Trump’s existing work, according to Axios.
Trump made major policy changes with regard to the Middle East in the final year of his term, including his decision to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.