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Sudan signs US-brokered Abraham Accords

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Sudan became the third country to agree to normalize ties with Israel, following the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and before Morocco.

Sudan has signed the US-brokered Abraham Accords, paving the way for the country’s ’s normalization of ties with Israel.

The signing took place in a ceremony on Wednesday in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. U.S. Secretary of State Steven Mnuchin represented the United States at the event.

Sudan became the third country to agree to normalize ties with Israel, following the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and before Morocco.

While Sudan and Israel announced they would normalize ties in October, Khartoum’s government had said a final decision would rest with a transitional parliament, which is yet to be formed.

Sudan, which overthrew dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, announced its agreement in October to join the normalization accord as long as it was removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. A stipulation on the U.S. side meant that Sudan agreed to pay $335 million in compensation to American victims of terrorism.

Last month, legislation protecting victims of terrorism and restoring Sudan’s immunity from terror-related lawsuits was included in the must-pass omnibus government spending bill, which also included coronavirus relief, that U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law.

Sudan, an Arab-Muslim-majority country that borders Egypt to the south, has long been viewed as a hostile nation towards Israel. Its rejection of Israel was made famous with the 1967 Khartoum Resolution, issued at the conclusion of the Arab League summit in the wake of the Six-Day War and declaring the “Three Nos”: no peace, no recognition, no negotiations.

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