Numerous reports and press statements indicate that Sudan and Kuwait are willing to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain if Washington removes the country from its list of countries sponsoring terrorism and helps them financially.
A Sudanese delegation led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the ruling Sovereignty Council, visited the UAE on Sunday for talks with US officials on various issues, including removing Sudan from the list of countries that they sponsor terrorism in the United States.
The US courts ordered Sudan to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to victims of the 1998 al-Qaeda attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, because in the 1990s Khartoum hosted the terrorists who carried out the attacks.
Khalil Abdul Jabbar, a Sudanese journalist and political analyst based in Istanbul, told The Media Line that with the US elections looming, the administration wanted to send the message that President Donald Trump was making peace in the Middle East. He was eager to use the fact that Sudan was in dire economic straits and wanted the sanctions lifted to reach a deal, Abdul Jabbar added.
Removing Sudan from the list of State Sponsoring Terrorism may not be easy, because Congress has the power to block it, he said.
Jabbar pointed out that Sudan suffered from a crushing foreign debt of $ 62 billion, which involved huge interest payments. "It is a very difficult position for Sudan."
He clarified that, in any other situation, the Sudanese people would oppose normalization with Israel, but that would mean that the leaders would win favor with Washington and could improve the standard of living of the population. “I think the main concern of most Sudanese is to change their economic situation; It's not so much about the principle of staying with the Palestinians and keeping the Israelis out.
As a result of the economic, commercial and financial sanctions imposed by the United States on Sudan and its inclusion in the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, most of the foreign investment left the country, causing a partial paralysis of the economy. The United States lifted most economic sanctions against Sudan on October 7, 2017.
US President Donald Trump also said on Friday that Kuwait will most likely be the next Arab-majority country in the Middle East to normalize ties with Israel.
The Kuwaitis "are so excited that we signed the first two countries and I think they'll end up fairly quickly being a part of it," Trump said.