The American Jewish Congress hails the historic announcement that Sudan has agreed to end the state of war and normalize relations with Israel. Sudan becomes the third Arab state to become part of the Abraham Accords – following the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain – and the fifth Arab state overall to make peace with Israel.

This is another triumph of dialogue and diplomacy. We congratulate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok for this decisive step towards peace. We thank President Donald Trump and the U.S. officials who worked tirelessly to shepherd and finalize the peace talks and build on the success of the Abraham Accords.

Today’s announcement comes as a result of the positive democratic developments in Sudan following the overthrow of the brutal dictatorship of Iranian-backed Omar-al Bashir. As Sudan transitions from a fledgling democracy to a full-fledged participatory one both the United States and Israel have committed to integrating it into the international community. The commitment by Israel to look at investments in crucial sectors of Sudan’s economy such as agriculture and mining will shore up economic and social stability in the famine ravaged nation. 

We look forward to seeing the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Sudan and the unleashing of potential for peace across the entire Middle East. 

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