Sudan abolishes Israel boycott law

Sudan’s cabinet approved a bill Tuesday abolishing a 1958 law on boycotting Israel, six months after Khartoum and the Jewish state struck a deal to normalise ties.

The 1958 law was in line with the policies of Arab nations at the time towards Israel.

Penalties for those who violated its stipulations, such as trading with Israelis, included up to 10 years in jail and a hefty fine.

Up until last year, Egypt and Jordan were the only Arab countries to have recognised Israel, in peace deals struck decades ago.

However, the successive deals — collectively known as the “Abraham Accords” — struck over the space of months have already ushered in a “new era” of regional cooperation, in the words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.