Israel Finalizes Normalization Deal with Sudan

By Hamodia Staff

Sudan’s ruling General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan meets Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Khartoum, Thursday. (Reuters/Palace Media Office)

YERUSHALAYIM — Israel and Sudan have “finalized the text of the agreement” to normalize relations, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said at a press conference Thursday night at Ben Gurion Airport after a trip to Kharthoum.

“Today’s visit to Sudan lays the foundations for a historic peace agreement with a strategic Arab and Muslim country,” said Cohen. “The peace agreement between Israel and Sudan will promote regional stability and contribute to the national security of the State of Israel.”

Sudan is expected to become a signatory to the Abraham Accords in the coming few days, sources familiar with the matter have told Globes.

When the Abraham Accords were signed in 2020 Sudan was supposed to become the fourth country to join the agreement after the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco, but an ensuing political crisis derailed the process.

While in Khartoum on Thursday, Cohen met with ruling General Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, who led a coup in October 2021.

Sudan reportedly agreed to join the Abraham Accords only after the U.S. promised to remove it from a list of states supporting terror and the associated economic sanctions are canceled. Sudan has also been promised loans and grants to help it build its economy.

A signing ceremony is expected to be held in abeyance until after Sudan completes a promised return to civilian government, Cohen said. The Foreign Ministry suggested that will take place in Washington within a few months, but no specific date was mentioned.

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