The African country of Sudan is agreeing to normalize its ties with Israel following a controversial ultimatum from the White House; Sudan to receive several benefits from the United States in return.

Following a 24-hour ultimatum from the White House that was said to have raised significant tension, Sudan has agreed to normalize its diplomatic ties with Israel. In return, Sudan is reportedly going to be receive several incentives from the United States including removal from the list of states that sponsor terrorism, forgiveness of an estimated $3 billion, and increased aid.

Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who is the deputy chairman of Sudan’s Sovereignty Council, stated, “Establishing ties with Israel is a Sudanese interest. Our removal from the list of state sponsors of terror depends on it.” However, Sudanese officials prefer not to blend the incentives from the US with their agreement with the Jewish State.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Middle East in August, and one of his destinations was Sudan. However, after meeting with Sudanese officials, no agreements were made at the time.