Another Historic ‘Circle of Peace’ Agreement

Oct 23, 2020

Today, President Donald Trump announced another historic peace and normalization agreement between the Republic of Sudan and Israel. 

President Trump, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke today to discuss Sudan’s historic progress toward ending old conflicts and building a future of peace and opportunity for all the people in the region.    

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Trump, “One thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America, and we appreciate what you’ve done enormously.” Netanyahu welcomed what he called a rapidly expanding “circle of peace” and the start of a “new era.” 

The Joint Statement of the United States, the Republic of Sudan, and the State of Israel from the White House stated, "The leaders agreed to the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations. In addition, the leaders agreed to begin economic and trade relations, with an initial focus on agriculture. The leaders also agreed that delegations will meet in the coming weeks to negotiate agreements of cooperation in those areas as well as in agriculture technology, aviation, migration issues and other areas for the benefit of the two peoples. The leaders also resolved to work together to build a better future and advance the cause of peace in the region. This move will improve regional security and unlock new opportunities for the people of Sudan, Israel, the Middle East, and Africa." 

Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, is now the third Arab government to normalize relations with Israel in the last two months, after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. President Donald Trump recently signed the Abraham Accords, historic peace agreements that he coordinated to establish full diplomatic relations between the United States, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel.

Today’s historic peace agreement is most significant since the Khartoum Resolution, which was issued at the conclusion of the 1967 Arab League summit convened in the wake of the Six-Day War, became known as the “Three Nos: no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it.” 

Liberty Counsel Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs Jonathan Alexandre said, “This is such a momentous agreement. I lived and worked in Israel in 2012 at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on the relationship between Israel and Sudan. At the time, Israel was considering providing asylum to Sudanese migrants. Yet it faced the security threat of hosting immigrants from a country which had vowed to never normalize relationships with it. To see the sudden shift in policy and diplomacy occur here is awe-inspiring as it was unimaginable eight years ago. Not only does this send shockwaves throughout the geopolitical region, it impacts lives on the ground.” 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “We are grateful for President Trump’s wise foreign policy strategy that makes these historic breakthroughs for peace between Israel and its neighbors. When he took office, the Middle East had been in a state of extreme turmoil for years. Now more Arab and Muslim countries will likely seek to normalize relations with Israel which will bring peace and prosperity to the region and the people who live there.” 

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