Sudan-Israel Relations Agreed, Donald Trump Announces1 min read

Sudan is to normalise relations with Israel, US President Donald Trump says – the latest in a series of Arab League countries to do so, BBC reports.

Mr Trump has also removed Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, unblocking economic aid and investment.

Announcing the deal, Mr Trump said “at least five more” Arab states wanted a peace deal with Israel.

It comes weeks after similar moves by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The two Gulf states became the first in the Middle East to recognise Israel in 26 years.

Jordan signed a peace deal with Israel in 1994, and Egypt in 1979. Mauritania, an African Arab League member, recognised Israel in 2009 but severed ties 10 years later.

The growing number of Arab countries formalising relations with Israel has been condemned by the Palestinians, who see it as a betrayal of their cause.

Historically, Arab countries conditioned peace talks with Israel on its withdrawal from territories occupied in the 1967 war and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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