US President Donald Trump said on Friday that at least five other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, want to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
Trump told reporters at the White House, “There are at least five Arab countries that want to join,” expecting Saudi Arabia to normalize its relations with Israel.
On Friday, the White House announced that Sudan and Israel had reached an agreement to normalize relations, after similar treaties between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel last month.
“We have at least five who want to join,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a three-way phone conversation with the prime ministers of Israel and Sudan.
Trump described the peace agreement between Sudan and Israel as being conducted without “a drop of blood in the sand,” during a joint call with the Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, the President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, during the announcement of the normalization of relations.
This step coincides with the White House announcement, on Friday, that Trump informed Congress of his intention to remove Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
For his part, Netanyahu said that other Arab countries would make peace with Israel, adding, “We will soon discuss joint cooperation with Sudan, and the Sudanese airspace will be open to us.”
“Israel will not object to Washington selling advanced American weapons to the Emirates,” he added, stressing that Israel does not oppose any agreement with Iran, but it opposed the latest agreement.
Sudanese political forces declared their categorical rejection of normalization with Israel, including the National Umma Party, which is within the ruling coalition, and the Nasserite Democratic Unionist Party.
Trump decided this week to remove Sudan from the US list of states sponsoring terrorism, paving the way for the agreement with Israel, in what represents a foreign policy achievement for Trump as he seeks to win a new term, while opinion polls indicate his lag behind his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
The normalization of relations with Sudan bears great symbolism. After the 1967 setback and the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, most Arab leaders met at a summit in Khartoum
They adopted a resolution known as the “Three Nos”, which is neither reconciliation nor recognition nor negotiation with Israel.
Sudan does not have borders with Israel (the same goes for the Emirates and Bahrain), and it played a small role in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Last February, the head of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, held a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister in Uganda.
A Sudanese government source revealed, on Thursday, that a joint American-Israeli delegation visited Khartoum, on Wednesday, and met with Burhan and discussed with him about the normalization of Sudanese-Israeli relations.
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