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March 7, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan and Iran signed a military cooperation agreement at the end of a second round of negotiations between defence ministers of the two countries.

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Abdelarhim M. Hussein

Sudanese and visiting Iranian delegations on March 4 started talks on military cooperation between the two countries in order to bolster bilateral military relations. The two countries started talks on military cooperation in January 2007.

The two countries signed an agreement on cooperation in the fields of technology, education, science, industry and exchange of expert delegations as well as establishment of military cooperation commission.

The agreement was signed by Iran’s Defence Minister Mustafa Mohamed Najjar and his Sudanese counterpart Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein.

The two sides underlined development and consolidation of defensive ties between Iran and Sudan and called it an important step toward strengthening peace, stability and security in the region and international arena.

Abdulrahim in a joint press conference with Iranian Minister of Defence today Friendship Hall said that the visit of Iranian Minister is a chance to push the relations of cooperation between the two countries to advanced prospects particularly in the areas of technology and science pointing to the distinguished political relations between Khartoum and Tehran

In response to a question about Sudan’s importation of weapons, Abdelrahim said: "There is no [UN] decision to ban Sudan from importing armament, we import weapons from all countries except Western countries."

The UN resolution 1591 issued by the UN Security Council imposes arms embargo on Darfur region. A panel of experts in April 2007 recommends that the Security Council expand the arms embargo to the entire territory of the Sudan.

Najjar said, "Expansion of ties with Islamic and African countries, especially brotherly and friendly country of Sudan, is on top of Iran’s foreign policy agenda.

"Iran supports independence and sovereignty of Sudan and condemns enemies interferences in domestic affairs of the country and expresses its readiness for cooperation in different fields," he concluded.

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  • 8 March 2008 05:00, by James James

    I personally condemn that kind of pathetic relationship with the strongest possible terms. Iran is a ground bottom of Islamic fundamentalist like Hamas, IsbaLah and all those terrorist such as Al qaeda, and its relationship to Sudan send unmeasurable distress to lot of people, especially Southerners, westerners and easterners.

    Iran need to solve its problem before lingering around from region to region in an attempt to spread its terrorist ambitions.

    Yet, I hope the United Nations, United State and European union step up its arms embargo against Sudan to stem Sudan from importing millions of dangerous weapons for killing, maiming and destroying innocent lives.

    Secondly, Sudan should develop some respect to the GoSS by consulting SPLA/GoSS about whatever the move the country want to undergo, because the country is not longer theirs alone as it used to be decades ago. Bashir should not lie Arab world that, Sudan is Islamic nation or one of arab world countries since that is very impossible in human immigination.

    I hope Khartoum isolate itself from Iran for now.

    God bless.

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    • 9 March 2008 05:00, by ojok s. ojok

      friends, Iran and the Arab countries have been helping sudan government financially and logistically since 90s.it is not something you should worry about.let them bring some new weapons to SPLA.

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  • 8 March 2008 05:07, by Ayuen Buol mum

    Mr defend minister
    those weapons will not fire themselves if you are extending to Iran for chemicals and biological weapons to destroyed the marginalized people in Sudan. God knows, why the CPA is not progressing because of chemicals and biologicals weapons that are being aquires from Iran. If you don’t want to loss your position of Defend than better to let Bashir implmented the CPA as agree. The only thing Iam worried is the naive of mr kiir as leader of southern sudan.He would have pressure the rigime to either implement the peace or face another war.

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  • 8 March 2008 05:27, by Duop Chak

    The agreement between NCP and Iran is nothing but double standard—it is strategically important for SPLM to learn how to counter in timely manner.

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  • 8 March 2008 10:57, by Abu. Thon

    James James, seem to me that you are talking the same thing and you keep mingling why? Please be in one part, you are not a gun which doesn’t have friend indeed. Please tried to improve your self. Makes your wards for the future but not for coursing!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 8 March 2008 16:31, by Mapuor Malual Manguen

      I am pretty much appalled by the double standard role being played by NCP in the context of South Sudan in international affairs.

      Last year when GOSS president Lt. Gen. Salva Kiir paid a visit to USA, many figures of NCP including Bashir reacted angrily and issued rhetoric words of condemnation. Now they have signed military co-operation agreement with Islamic state of Iran with out Southern Sudan’s participation.

      This is a mere double standard and should not be given any ground by the South. After all the north and South Sudan are historically incompatible because of a long serious mistrust between these regions.
      Generally, SPLA should watch carefully on these military development capabilities of the SAF. At the end of the day this might could be redirect to the South.

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      • 8 March 2008 21:22, by True Southerner

        It is really a double standard has my friend put it. This is another extention of tourism to Africa.How can the president make a deal with so call hesballa (God’s party). We must appeal to the USA,EU and the international community to intervene to Sudan.It is now clear that NCP is trying to invite all forms of tourism to Sudan. The evident is that, they have welcome those treble trouist such as plastinian,hesballa and finally they are importing the weapon of mass destruction from Iran. Bashir must know that we are aware of his dirty cards which they are playing. I call up on all the Sudanese people to set an eagle eye on this NCP.Their policy is to wipe out any body from Sudan.
        regards

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      • 8 March 2008 21:26, by True Southerner

        It is really a double standard has my friend put it. This is another extention of tourism to Africa.How can the president make a deal with so call hesballa (God’s party). We must appeal to the USA,EU and the international community to intervene to Sudan.It is now clear that NCP is trying to invite all forms of tourism to Sudan. The evident is that, they have welcome those treble tourist such as plastinian,hesballa and finally they are importing the weapon of mass destruction from Iran. Bashir must know that we are aware of his dirty cards which they are playing. I call up on all the Sudanese people to set an eagle eye on this NCP.Their policy is to wipe out any body from Sudan.
        regards

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      • 8 March 2008 21:29, by True Southerner

        It is really a double standard role as my friend put it. This is another extention of tourism to Africa.How can the president make a deal with so call hesballa (God’s party). We must appeal to the USA,EU and the international community to intervene to Sudan.It is now clear that NCP is trying to invite all forms of tourism to Sudan. The evident is that, they have welcome those treble tourist such as plastinian,hesballa and finally they are importing the weapon of mass destruction from Iran. Bashir must know that we are aware of his dirty cards which they are playing. I call up on all the Sudanese people to set an eagle eye on this NCP.Their policy is to wipe out any body from Sudan.
        regards

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  • 8 March 2008 21:49, by Deng Magot Riem

    It is clear what NCP is up to. No doubt dealing with Implementation of treaties with the isolated countyies like Iran is important to NCP.
    It failed and continue to fail to implement CPA but talks of making military cooperation agreement. I can’t understand, is the agreement for the county or to only NCP? And if so, why no other parties involed? This is no doubt, a clear indication that NCP is going against the tide, towards somthing dangerous to the citizens of The Sudan as well.
    Let the president be informed that marginalized yet to unite against the your government in Khartuom and the whole country is going to hear their voices. You better secure the military cooperation within the country before hand.

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    • 9 March 2008 11:52, by OJS 1992

      The so-called military bilateral/co-operation so far signed between these terrorists hobouring countries is nothing, but a day-dreaming of the highest standard. Has Iran sovled the issue of WMDs? Iran want to smear other Arab countries with the shit that they are currently smelling. How can you make a deal with a country sanctioned/embargoed from arms deals?

      The UN Security Council and the US should take this opportunity to prove that Sudan is still a terrorist hideout and stance supporter of countries who are developing Weapons of Mass Destruction such as Iran. Our Foreign Minister was talking of reviving the relationship with the US, I argue Mr. Alor to stop forthwith with such plans becoz of Sudan’s NCP double standard.

      Anyway, it is not the first time for such military assistance by the arabs countries, though they did not defeat us during the dark days. Now we have our muslces improved abit!!

      As for James James, his comments are very clear and I don’t agree with my learned friend who wanted to rebuke him. Where is he contradicting himself?

      By: Operation Jungle Storm of 1992 around Juba

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