Under the radar: Sudan signs the Abraham Accords

The signing took place in Khartoum in the presence of US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who flew directly from Sudan to Israel for a visit. Last month, the US removed Sudan from its list of countries that support terrorism

Trump announces the agreement with Sudan in a telephone call from the Oval Office in October 2020. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Sudan announced yesterday (Wednesday) that it signed the "Abraham Accords" for the normalization of relations with Israel. The signing took place in the capital Khartoum in the presence of US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who flew directly from Sudan to Israel for a visit. Despite earlier reports of an elaborate ceremony with many participants on the White House lawn, like the ceremony with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the agreements were signed quietly by the Sudanese justice minister, Nasredeen Abdelbari.     

"The declaration stipulates the necessity to consolidate the meanings of tolerance, dialogue and coexistence between different peoples and religions in the Middle East region and the world, in a way that serves the promotion of a culture of peace," the Sudanese cabinet said. Upon the arrival of Mnuchin in Khartoum, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok tweeted that the visit takes place "at a time when our bilateral relations are making historic leaps towards a better future. We plan to take concrete steps today to inaugurate the entry of our bilateral relations."

Reuters reports that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin signed a memorandum of understanding for the granting of a loan to Sudan that will help the country pay its debts to the World Bank and to gain access to $1 billion in loans a year, a significant step for promotion of its economic recovery.  Last month, as part of the normalization agreement, the US officially removed Sudan from its list of countries that support terrorism.