January 17, 2011 (TEHRAN) – Iran expressed sorrow for the partition of Sudan as it appears certain after a successful vote for the independence of Southern Sudan; while the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated his support to Khartoum’s government.
"We will not be happy over the division of a large Islamic country... as Iran’s policy has been of preserving territorial integrity and unity of countries," said
foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast in statements published on Sunday by the independent told Fars news agency.
"But if they eventually decide to divide Sudan, we will pursue balanced, respectful relations with regard to the policies that the new leaders in south Sudan will declare," he added.
International organizations and groups who monitored the conduct of the vote on self determination said the process was fair and credible paving the way for an international recognition of the 193 new state. Results from the different polling centers inside and outside the country show large support for the secession.
"Iran stands with the Sudanese government and nation forever," said the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadon after a meeting with Sudanese minister of agriculture Abdel-Halim al-Mutafi in Tehran on Sunday.
Mahmoud said Iran and Sudan have common stances on major international issues and urged to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields.
Iran plans to construct an agro-industrial complex and produce wheat and sugar in Sudan.