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Iranian warships reach Sudan

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 10:09

Khartoum: Two Iranian warships have arrived in Sudan carrying a message of support and friendship, days after Sudan accused Israel of an air strike on an arms factory in Khartoum.

The vessels docked in Port of Sudan on the Red Sea Monday and are expected to stay there until Thursday.

“The visit of these ships to Port Sudan and their presence in regional waters exemplifies serious support of political and diplomatic ties between the two countries,? Sudanese army spokesperson Savarmi Khaled Saad said.

The official made no connection between the visit of the Iranian task force and the alleged Israeli air raid on the Yarmouk arms factory in the south of Khartoum last week, which killed at least two people.

Unconfirmed media reports over the weekend suggested that the plant produced weapons for Iran, Syria, and radical Islamist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. The claim was dismissed categorically by Sudanese authorities Monday.

Israel also suspects Sudan of smuggling weapons to Gaza strip, which has been under control of Hamas since 2007, through Egypt.


First Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 10:09

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