Sudan ties may fall apart as Congress balks at Khartoum’s demands — report

An agreement by Sudan to establish ties with Israel may be in danger after Sudanese officials demanded that the US approve legislation protecting it from terror-related lawsuits by the end of the year, The New York Times reports.

Without the legislation, Khartoum could possibly renege on its agreement to pursue ties with Israel, which was heavily pushed by the Trump administration.

The report says that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has assured Sudan that the legislation will be passed in the coming weeks and a signing ceremony is already being planned at the White House.

However, lawmakers quoted in the report say there are several hurdles regarding compensation for victims of terror, including from the September 11 attacks. Lawmakers have also raised hackles over another part of the deal negotiated by the State Department, which regards compensation for attacks on US embassies in East Africa in 1998.