The US President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan and the Israeli regime have agreed to normalize relations.

Iran PressAmerica: The announcement came less than two weeks before the US presidential election.

"President @realDonaldTrump has announced that Sudan and Israel have agreed to the normalization of relations," White House spokesperson Judd Deere said on Twitter.

It is unclear if the deal establishes full diplomatic relations between the two nations, CNN reported.

His announcement came shortly after the White House said he had informed Congress of his intent to remove Sudan from the state sponsor of terrorism list. The rescission of the 27-year old designation was widely seen as being tied to the deal with Israel, despite Khartoum's desire to keep the issues separate.

Senior government sources in Sudan told CNN earlier this week that the state sponsor of terrorism designation change was a requirement by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, the leader of the transitional government in Sudan, before talks on normalization could proceed.

"Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was insistent during negotiations with the US that the removal from the list not be linked to normalization as Sudan has met all the criteria for its removal. Now that the designation has been changed discussions can begin afresh on normalization. The designation change was our priority and normalization is theirs," one source said.

Congress does have the ability to overturn the President's decision to remove the designation, but only if both the House and Senate pass veto-proof joint resolutions of disapproval within 45 days.

Sudan has been listed by the US as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1993, and it is one of only four nations total designated as such. As a result, Sudan faces a series of restrictions including a ban on defense exports and sales and restrictions on US foreign assistance.

Sudan's strongman leader, Omar al-Bashir, was ousted in a military coup in April 2019 after three decades in power.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed the controversial normalization agreements with Israel at the White House on September 15, amid outrage across Palestine and the Muslim world.

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani had earlier warned that the Zionist regime is promoting a plan through normalization of relations with certain regional countries through Washington's support, whose only goal is to help Tel Aviv establish its dominion over the region.


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