Israel and Sudan announced they are nearing the completion of a peace agreement, just days after the United Arab Emirates and the Jewish state declared their intention to sign an accord.
On Tuesday, a Foreign Ministry official from Sudan said his nation is “looking forward to concluding a peace agreement with Israel,” The Associated Press reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly similarly committed to “do all that’s needed” to conclude a peace agreement with the Arab, Muslim-majority nation on the African coast.
The news arrived just days after Israel and the United Arab Emirates declared that they forged an agreement to establish official diplomatic relations.
Sudan’s history of enmity toward Israel is well-known and this announcement represents a major turning point both for Sudan and the Jewish state.
Sudan was designated by the United States in 1993 as a state sponsor of terrorism based on its support for Islamic terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, which seek Israel’s destruction. a number of anti-Israel militant groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah.
“There is no reason to continue hostility between Sudan and Israel,” said Sudanese spokesman Haidar Badawi to the UK’s Sky News, AP reported.
“We don’t deny that there are communications [with Israel],” added Badawi.
Netanyahu responded in kind by issuing a statement announcing, “We will do all that’s needed to turn this vision into a reality.”