In a stunning reversal, Israel and Sudan, once bitter enemies, have agreed to normalize relations and open economic ties. 

The peace deal was brokered by the White House. This latest peace agreement follows similar agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The transitional government of Sudan is trying to claw out of the country’s massive debt and crippling U.S. economic sanctions. 

The sanctions had been put in place when Sudan was labeled a “state sponsor of terrorism” following its implicated in the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. 

President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had worked behind the scenes and offered to remove the terrorism designation if the Sudanese government paid $335 million to the victims of the bombings. This was agreed a few days ago. Now, the first agreement has been capped by the peace deal with Israel. 

“This is an incredible deal for Israel and Sudan,” President Trump said in a released statement. “For decades, Sudan has been at a state of war with Israel. They have been in a state of war and boycotted Israeli goods. There was no relationship whatsoever.”

“They are choosing a future in which Arabs and Israelis, Muslims, Jews, and Christians can live together, pray together, and dream together, side by side, in harmony, community, and peace,” the president added. 

Reporters were ushered into the Oval Office where the president conducted a three-way call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok.