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Sudanese president holds talks with Iran’s Ahmadinejad in Cairo: state media

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February 6, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir met with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, today on the sidelines of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit taking place in Egypt.

Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir shaking hands with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Cairo, Egypt 6 February 2013 (Iranian Presidency)

Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) quoted foreign minister Ali Karti as saying that the meeting comes in the context of a framework of communication and consultation on common themes between the two countries.

Karti went on to say that there is an historical friendship relationship between Iran and Sudan and that the two continuously consult each other on regional and international issues.

The top Sudanese diplomat disclosed that he expects fresh Iranian investments to flow into the country but provided no details.

The ties between Iran and Sudan have been mainly focused on military aspects but the two countries have negligible trade relations.

The Iranian president paid a visit to Khartoum in 2011 but disappointed his Sudanese hosts by failing to offer any financial help. Officials in Khartoum have privately said that they hoped Tehran would provide a hard currency deposit in Sudan’s central bank to boost its Forex reserves, which have deteriorated after the secession of the oil-rich South that year.

By contrast Ahmadinejad on Wednesday offered Sudan’s northern neighbour a “big credit line” to help its beleaguered economy.

“We can provide a big credit line to our Egyptian brothers,” he told the state-run Al-Ahram daily. “If the two peoples cooperate and join forces, they can become an important element”.

Egypt and Iran severed relations after the 1979 Islamic revolution and Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel the same year.

There is also a dispute within Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) over its links with Tehran, with some - including the foreign minister - supporting the downgrading of ties in order to appeal to Arab Gulf Sunni states at odds with Shiite power in Iran.

The Islamic base of the ruling party is also unhappy over what they see as attempts by Iran to spread the Shiite faith in Sudan.

Today the highest Islamic authority in Sudan called for securing the society from pro-Shiite activities in the country.

Sudan twice allowed Iranian warships to dock in Port Sudan last year, drawing concern by the United States and its allies in the Gulf.

In an editorial last November titled “The fall of masks between Iran and Sudan”, the Saudi pro-government Al-Riyadh newspaper blasted Khartoum over allowing entry to the Iranian warships, saying there is no “logical justification” for a relationship between the two countries.

The first visit came a few days after a suspected Israeli airstrike on a weapons factory in the Sudanese capital amid allegations from the Jewish state that the country is serving as a hub for Iranian weapons headed to militants in the Gaza strip.

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  • 7 February 2013 07:46, by P.K.M

    Nothing wrong with that; best friends are always best friends for diplomatic relation!

  • 7 February 2013 07:48, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Mr Bashir whether u talks with Iran 100% no big Support then Support that was given to u by Sedam and Osama from Al-Qahada and South Suadn was resist it, now aday don’t think for S.Sudan agian to be ur part by force.
    we are Free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    South Sudan Oyeee!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Truth African Oyeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 7 February 2013 09:55, by william

    The terrorist moves had been monitoring by world. So,meets to kill innocent civilians and you too be killed so did your uncles sedam and beladen. Fake arab.

    • 7 February 2013 10:35, by Nibs

      BREAKING NEWS! south Sudan to start construction of oil pipeline this year.in Octember.source;www.goss.org

    • 7 February 2013 10:51, by Paul Ongee

      What kind of consultations on the common themes…sponsoring international terrorism and monitoring its progress in Gaza Strip and West Africa, particularly in Mali and Mauritania? Both countries geographically located in the desert and Sudan does not have oil but only tasked with facilitating, training and arms smuggling to have a “big credit line” in return rather than stealing South Sudan oil.

      • 7 February 2013 10:52, by Paul Ongee

        What kind of consultations on the common themes…sponsoring international terrorism and monitoring its progress in Gaza Strip and West Africa, particularly in Mali and Mauritania? Both countries geographically located in the desert and Sudan does not have oil but only tasked with facilitating, training and arms smuggling to have a “big credit line” in return rather than stealing South Sudan oil.

        • 7 February 2013 11:12, by EES Kingmaker

          There is nothing Ahmedenejad can talk about well except obsession with or denial of real Israeli existence on Middle East map and bolstering,sponsoring of terror network and global terrorist activties.

  • 7 February 2013 17:18, by Positive Thinker

    What ever way you look at it, these two buds have more in common. And they are wicked.

  • 7 February 2013 18:20, by panchol

    Karti.
    The meeting is about South Sudan and WEST plus Israel.

  • 7 February 2013 21:32, by Northern Sudanese

    you guys are a bunch of barbarians, no point wasting my time here :D



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