‘Pay Enough Ransom’: Iran Blasts Sudan’s ‘Phoney’ Deal to Normalise Relations With Israel

israel and Sudan on Friday agreed to normalise their bilateral ties in a deal brokered by the United States, making Sudan the third Arab state to usher in full-fledged diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in the past two months.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has portrayed a US-brokered Sudan-israel deal to normalise ties as “phoney”, accusing Khartoum of paying “a ransom” in exchange for Washington taking the North African country off a list of state sponsors of terrorism, where it was added in 1993, soon after the rise to power of now ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

“Pay enough ransom, close your eyes to the crimes against Palestinians, then you’ll be taken off the so-called ‘terrorism’ blacklist”, the ministry tweeted in English, going on to fume:

The deal was sealed on Friday during a three-sided telephone call involving the Sudanese, Israeli, and American authorities. This marks the third Arab government after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to formally halt hostilities with Israel in the run-up to the US election.

The deal was negotiated on the US side by senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner, Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and national security official Miguel Correa, with Kushner, for his part, calling the agreement “a great breakthrough”.

US President Donald Trump on Monday announced he would take Sudan off the list of terrorism sponsors once it had deposited the $335 million the…

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