Sudan threatened the U.S. to withdraw from the agreement to normalize relations with Israel.
In Khartoum, they want Washington to remove the African country from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism by the end of the year. If the U.S. Congress passes such a decision, the bill will protect Sudan from any lawsuits related to sponsorship of the terrorist group “Al-Qaeda”.
If Khartoum does not have such a guarantee, it will not be able to work with external investors: those are afraid to do business because of possible claims that could result in a subpoena.
According to newspaper sources, the chairman of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, General Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan delivered an ultimatum to United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: until Congress passes the bill, Khartoum will not go to peace with Israel. Pompeo, in turn, assured al-Burhan that the bill would be approved in the next few weeks. Representatives of the administration of the current U.S. leader Donald Trump are allegedly already planning a ceremony of signing agreements with the Sudanese authorities in late December.
The U.S. called on Sudan to make a rapid decision to normalize relations with Israel from September 2020. In exchange, Khartoum wants the country removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism. The U.S. will also provide $7 billion in aid to Sudan for the deal.
September 15, Israel, UAE and Bahrain signed a peace agreement in the White House. Under the agreements, Abu Dhabi and Manama recognize the State of Israel, while it will suspend the extension of sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank. In a joint statement, the countries announced that the move would move further towards peace in the entire Middle East.