Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize relations in a U.S.-brokered deal that was announced on Friday. The agreement ends decades of animosity between the two nations as Sudan joins a number of countries that have recently agreed to sign a peace deal with Israel.
The deal will be significant for Sudan, whose relationship with the United States deteriorated in the 1990s after the U.S. invoked sanctions against the African nation for harboring Osama bin Laden, who was then the terrorist leader of al Qaeda. In exchange for their participation in the deal, the U.S. will remove Sudan from a list of countries it considers to be state sponsors of terrorism. Formerly, Sudan’s inclusion on that list has prevented the struggling country from receiving certain forms of international aid.
Earlier this year, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain agreed to normalize relations with Israel, as former enemies in the region find common ground in their desire to prevent Iran from gaining influence.