The signing ceremony in Khartoum makes Sudan the 3rd of four countries to officially normalize diplomatic, economic & cultural ties with the Jewish State, following the UAE, Bahrain and preceding Morocco, which has yet to formally sign the Abraham Accords.
Sudan officially joined the Abraham Accords on Wednesday, opening the door to normalizing its ties with the Jewish state, the Associated Press reports.
The agreement was signed as US Secretary Treasury Steven Mnuchin was visiting Sudanese capital Khartoum.
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From the Sudanese side, the agreement was signed by Justice Minister Nasreldin Abdelbari, according to a statement from Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s office.
Also on Wednesday, the US and Sudan signed an agreement providing for debt relief for the African country facing an economic crisis.
Mnuchin is set to meet with other key Sudanese leaders during his trip, including Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan — the powerful leader of Sudan’s Sovereignty Council, which brings together the military and the civilian components of the transitional government.
Israel and Sudan announced the intent to normalize their relations in a US-brokered accord in late October 2020 — a plan that has long appeared to be a point of contention in Sudan’s corridors of power.
In mid-December, the US removed Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, where it had been for some three decades.
The move came over a year after Sudan’s long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir was toppled by the country’s military in 2019 amid massive protests against his reign.
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