Sudan joins Israeli peace accord as third nation in deal brokered by Trump administration

by Joel Abbott · Oct 23rd, 2020 3:08 pm
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Last Updated Oct 25th, 2020 at 7:33 am

President Trump announced Friday that Sudan will join the list of Muslim nations that have normalized relations with Israel, ending decades of hostility.

Trump held a conference call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

"We are expanding the circle of peace so rapidly with your leadership," said Netanyahu in thanks to the president.

Hamdok expressed similar sentiments on Twitter.

Part of the deal included the U.S. rescinding Sudan's status as a state-sponsor of terror in exchange for restitution for al-Qaeda's 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Osama bin Laden was operating out of Sudan at that time.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere confirmed that Sudan's government had transferred $335 million into an escrow account for the victims and their families.

Trump also indicated that there are "at least five" additional nations that want to join in the deal.

🔦 Sudan is the third nation to formalize a peace deal with Israel, following deals the Trump administration brokered with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in September.


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