Last week, the Trump Administration announced a peace agreement between Israel and Sudan. As a result of the agreement, the nations will normalize relations for the first time in the two nations’ histories. The countries will also begin economic and trade relations as a result of the historic agreement. The agreement comes shortly after President Trump announced Sudan’s removal from the state sponsored terrorism list. Sudan is the third nation in the region to normalize relations with Israel this summer due to the Trump Administration’s efforts.
The White House announced the peace agreement this morning in a press release and on social media. The President held a press conference with members of his Administration, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok this afternoon. President Trump announced his administration is negotiating additional peace agreements between Israel and other Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, during the press conference.
“At least five countries that want to come into the peace deal,” President Trump said. “And you know what it’s costing the United States?” he added, “Nothing.”
In describing what normalized relations mean to Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu described the change in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since it negotiated peace with the country in August of this year. In discussing the second container ship bringing washing machines from the UAE, the Prime Minister highlighted trade as the biggest benefit for all the countries involved in the peace agreements. Prime Minister Netanyahu also said both Sudan and Israel would benefit from new trade opportunities, including the travel, tourism, and technology industries.
“It changes the lives of the people,” Netanyahu stated. “We are seeing the fruits of peace right now, days after signing the agreements.” He went on to say, “Iran is unhappy, Hezbollah is unhappy. But mostly everybody else is happy.”
“They are also poor,” Trump interjected before Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Trump’s Middle East Peace agreements would be written in the history books. When asked about Iran, Trump stated he believes, “When everyone is unified, and this is all done… Iran will be somehow involved, if not part of the deal.”