Sudan signs ‘Abraham Accords’ with US, paving way for Israel normalization
- The agreement signed by Steve Mnuchin when he traveled to Khartoum. This is the first US official as part of a normalization agreement since the Trump administration removed Sudan from the terrorist list.
- Sudan paved the way for African countries to establish normal relations with Israel by signing “Abraham Accords” with the United States.
- Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the accord.
- The memorandum did not formally establish diplomatic relations between Khartoum and Jerusalem. It is expected that this will happen in the near future, but it has not been confirmed.
- The deals were named the “Abraham Accords” after the biblical patriarch revered by Muslims and Jews.
- Prior to Sudan, the Trump administration formulated a diplomatic agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the end of last year.
- The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that Mnuchin landed at the international airport in Khartoum and was received by Acting Treasury Secretary Shiba Mohamed Ali and U.S. agent Brian Shukan in Sudan.
- The US treasury secretary met with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and is scheduled to meet with other Sudanese leaders including Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council.
- The government has been struggling with huge budget deficits and shortages of basic necessities (including fuel, bread and medicine).
- Mnuchin’s visit was conducted amid growing tensions between the military and civilian personnel of the Sudanese transitional government. The tensions that have surfaced again in recent weeks have focused on the economic assets of the Sudanese military, which the Ministry of Private Finance cannot control.
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