Israel and Sudan reach US-brokered deal to normalise ties


Washington: Israel and Sudan have agreed to take steps to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the US, making Khartoum the third Arab government to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past two months.

US President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on November 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior US officials said.

Donald Trump talks on the phone to the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien applaud.

Donald Trump talks on the phone to the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien applaud.Credit:AP

Trump’s decision earlier this week to remove Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism paved the way for the deal with Israel, marking a foreign policy achievement for the Republican President as he seeks a second term trailing in opinion polls behind Democratic rival Joe Biden.

“The leaders agreed to the normalisation of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations,” according to a joint statement issued by the three countries.