Sudan announced Wednesday that it has officially joined the Abraham Accords, the U.S.-sponsored treaty signed by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalizing relations with Israel.
Sudan becomes the fourth Arab country to do so in recent months with U.S. backing along with the other accord signers and Morocco.
The North African nation’s intentions to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel was announced two months ago by the Trump administration.
The agreements are a major breakthrough for Israel, whose existence was once opposed by the entire Arab world. Israel had signed peace treaties with Jordan in 1994 and Egypt in 1979 — two countries that had fought multiple wars against Israel seeking its destruction.
The announcement came as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin visited Khartoum on Wednesday where the two countries also agreed to settle the latter’s debt to the World Bank.
The vast country is now governed by a joint civilian-military council as it transitions to democracy following the overthrow in 2019 of Sudan’s longtime dictator, Omar al-Bashir.
The Abraham Accords are named for the shared patriarch of Jews and Muslims.