Khartoum is now the third Arab government to normalize relations with Israel in the past two months, after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to normalize relations in a deal brokered with U.S. help, making Sudan the third Arab country to end hostilities with Israel in two months. Related: `Yes, yes, yes`: Why peace with Khartoum would be a real paradigm shift for Israel “We`ll have them with other countries you`ll hear coming, probably at the same time,” Trump replied. We will end up having a big meeting where everyone will be here and everyone will be signed. We believe that Saudi Arabia will be one of those countries.Â Delegations from each country will meet in the following weeks to negotiate cooperation agreements in these areas, as well as in the fields of agricultural technology, aviation, migration and other areas, the statement said. According to the joint statement, Israel and Sudan plan to open economic and trade relations first, with a focus on agriculture first. The fact that it could jeopardize rapprochement with Israel is the byproduct of what Ilan Goldenberg, the director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, described as a rushed effort by the Trump administration to secure a foreign policy victory ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. “I hope it doesn`t disintegrate,” Said Mr. Goldenberg on Sudan`s dÃ©tente with Israel, “but I`m not necessarily so surprised.” Wasel Abu Youssef, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, that Sudan`s decision to normalize relations with Israel was a “new stab” for the Palestinians. The statement said the leaders had agreed to end the “state of war” between the Sudanese and Israeli states, even though they have never gone to war.
Sudan was the third Arab state to endorse the Abraham Accords brokered by Trump, which opened up new economic and diplomatic partnerships with Israel. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the agreements in September, and just last week, Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo predicted that other Sunni Muslim countries in the Middle East would soon follow. “From 3 NO to 3 YES,” tweeted Israel`s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. “In 1967, in the Sudanese capital, the Arab world proclaimed no recognition, no negotiations and no peace with Israel.