Recently, Sudan signed a peace deal with Israel. It was among a few Middle Easter countries to sign the Abraham Accords along with United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
On Wednesday, the signing was completed at the U.S. embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. While an informal agreement was arranged last October, it was not finalized until last week due to a transitional parliament in Sudan.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin signed on behalf of the U.S.. Sudanese Minister of Justice, Nasereldin Abdelbari signed on behalf of Sudan. The signing of the Abraham Accord came after the U.S. removed Sudan from its list state sponsors of terrorism. Additionally, the United States promised Sudan a one billion dollar loan.
Last October, President Trump remarked of Sudan “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.”
“It is heartening to see a spirit of cautious optimism infuse so many of our conversations with government, religious, and civil society representatives in Sudan. We are grateful to Prime Minister Hamdok and other members of the country’s bold transitional leadership who met with USCIRF to convey their explicit desire to bring a new era of openness and inclusivity to their country that suffered for 30 years under brutal and autocratic religious repression.” commented Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council.
The Abraham Accords is a written agreement requesting peace in the Middle East. It asks for “respect for human dignity and freedom, including religious freedom.” At the core, the accord strives to end radicalization and conflict. It was designed to provide children with a better future.