Pompeo is set to travel to the Middle East this week in hopes of more peace talks between Israel and other countries in the region; Netanyahu reportedly optimistic that other countries will want to discuss peace with Israel soon.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to the Middle East on Monday, beginning with Israel, with hopes of discussing peace between the Jewish State and more countries in the region. Perhaps most significantly, Pompeo will also visit Sudan to further discuss a potential diplomatic relationship with Israel. He will also visit Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A US State Department official reported, “In Sudan, the secretary will meet with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Sovereign Council Chair General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to discuss continued US support for the civilian-led transitional government, and express support for deepening the Sudan-Israel relationship.”

Israel’s Mossad has been reportedly working behind the scenes to connect with Sudanese officials. And last week, an official from the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that Khartoum “aspires towards a peace agreement with Israel… a relationship of equals built upon Khartoum’s interests.” Shortly after this statement, the Sudanese official was fired from his position for saying such.

The UAE’s ambassador to Washington, following its announcement of a normalized relationship with Israel, said that their ties “will help move the region beyond the ugly legacy of hostility and conflicts, towards a destiny of hope, peace and prosperity.”