Report: Sudan Moves to Normalize Relations With Israel

Sources told Israeli media that US is giving Sudan ultimatum over terror list

Israel’s i24News reported on Thursday that Sudan’s ruling council decided to move forward with normalizing ties with Israel after being given an ultimatum by the US.

Sources told i24News that the Sudanese Sovereignty Council made the decision late Wednesday night after the US gave Sudan 24 hours to respond to an ultimatum. The US demanded Sudan open up diplomatic relations with Israel. In exchange, Sudan will be removed from Washington’s terror list.

Sudan was designated a state sponsor of terror by the US in 1993. Khartoum has been negotiating with the US to be removed from that list for over a year. The US recently added normalizing with Israel as a requirement for Sudan to be removed from the blacklist.

An earlier report from i24News said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudan’s Sovereignty Council chair Abdel Fattah al-Burhan are expected to meet soon to discuss the prospect of normalizing.

No official statements from either Sudan or Israel have been made to corroborate the report so far. But since Israel signed an agreement with the UAE and Bahrain to normalize relations, US and Israeli officials have said more Arab nations will soon follow.

Author: Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp is the assistant news editor of Antiwar.com, follow him on Twitter @decampdave.