Sudan signs deal on normalising ties with Israel

The accords were signed by Sudan's justice minister Nasredeen Abdulbari and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

08 January 2021 | Economics

We welcome the great closeness between Israel and other neighbouring countries in the region, as well as the start of diplomatic relations. Nasredeen Abdulbari, Justice minister: Sudan

MENNA ZAKI

Sudan signed the "Abraham Accords" paving the way to normalising ties with Israel on Wednesday, alongside an aid deal to access US$1 billion annual World Bank financing.

The deals were signed less than a month after Washington removed Khartoum from its "state sponsors of terrorism" blacklist, following Sudan's agreement to normalise ties with Israel in October.

They are the culmination of efforts by Sudan's transitional civilian-majority government which took power after the April 2019 ouster of president Omar al-Bashir to forge closer ties with the US.

The US embassy congratulated Sudan's civilian-led transitional government on signing the deal, saying it would "help further Sudan on its transformative path to stability, security, and economic opportunity."

COOPERATION

The agreement allows Sudan, Israel and other signers of the Abraham Accords to build mutual trust and increase cooperation in the region.

Sudan said in October that its own deal with the Jewish state will come into force after its approval by a yet-to-be-formed parliament.

The accords were signed by Sudan's justice minister Nasredeen Abdulbari and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

"We welcome the great closeness between Israel and other neighbouring countries in the region, as well as the start of diplomatic relations," Abdulbari said at the signing ceremony. - Nampa/AFP

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