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Sudan says it will receive Iranian navy warships again

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November 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Two Iranian navy warships will dock in Port Sudan along with a Pakistani one this week, the army spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said today in the second visit of its kind in a month.

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An Iranian navy special forces known as Takavaran wearing a similar uniform worn by the US military and holding an Israeli made Uzi sub-machine gun stands guard at the Iranian Corvette Admiral Naghdi as it docks in the Red Sea Sudanese town of Port Sudan on October 31, 2012 (Getty Images)

Col. Sa’ad told state media that the ships will anchor in the framework of cooperation of navy and military cooperation with countries around the world in diplomatic, social and political areas.

The military spokesperson said the ships will stop on the 29th & 30th of this month and will stay for three days for reasons including logistics and refueling. He stressed that this is part of the routine and normal activities of Sudanese navy.

Last month an Iranian destroyer and a helicopter carrier docked in Port Sudan only few days after Khartoum accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in the Sudanese capital.

Sudanese officials at the time denied any link between the visit and the alleged Israeli airstrike. They also rebuffed Israeli accusations that Sudan is serving as a hub for Iranian weapons headed to militants in Gaza strip controlled by Hamas.

But in a sign of internal split over ties with Iran, Sudan foreign minister Ali Karti criticized in a TV interview his government’s decision to allow the ships to dock in Sudan. He revealed that government took by his recommendation earlier this year and refused to grant permission to Iranian ships.

"In February [of this year] these ships came and asked that it [be given permission to] anchor in Port Sudan and we got this request formally in the ministry of foreign affairs," Karti said earlier this month.

"The view of the Sudanese foreign ministry that these ships should not [be allowed] to dock and we spoke with the Defense Minister and submitted our opinion to the President of the Republic and the decision [was made] that these ships are not to dock [in Port Sudan]" he added.

Karti said that he found about the Iranian warships visiting the country "through the media" adding that he was not consulted this instance.

He warned that Sudan’s relationship with Iran are viewed suspiciously by Arab Gulf states and hinted that it is in his country’s interest to downgrade ties with Tehran.

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  • 27 November 2012 09:14, by omoni jr.

    No one want to hear this nice story,keep it to yourselves in khartoum.

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    • 27 November 2012 09:17, by Young Lotuko

      You are clrealy asking for another distraction from Israel.NCP, really think, they have balls

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    • 27 November 2012 09:52, by Dinkawarrior

      Then you’re ready to receive Mighty Israel Bulets!!!!!

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      • 27 November 2012 17:41, by Peacocktail

        The Foreign Minister Karti state very clearly that " We Sudanese do not need to associate our-self with Iran regime" the final rewards is deaths of leaders in Sudan as suffering from Sanction from the West and weapons shipment 2 SAF is useless if the regime change is imminent like now, coups attempts and shall continue in Khartoum as West is not comfortable with NCP foreign policy.Gadhafi like dog

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  • 27 November 2012 09:16, by omoni jr.

    It is matter of time.. before ..Arabs blame America

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  • 27 November 2012 10:20, by Makunon

    When elephants fight the grass suffered, the Iranian want to shift the war fm Iran to Sudan and the pple of Sudan will be the victim. I am really feeling sad for our neba.

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  • 27 November 2012 11:30, by Jalaby

    Who is this idiot in Khartoum government behind asking Iranian navy warships to come to our sea and country?!we’ve nothing to do with Iran and Iran will never be our ally one day, let the Iranian government stop supporting the terror regime in Syria that kills their people with no mercy first before sending their nasty ships to our country!
    Let Iran stay away from us!

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    • 27 November 2012 12:21, by sudani ana

      Jalaby
      Iran is our biggest ally. We are under economic and military sanctions by the US and the West and Iran is one of our main suppliers of arms. In fact Sudan is now a manufacturer of arms based on licences from Iran including AK47 guns, armoured carriers and rockets. At least they are Muslims like us. They are welcome to our ports any day of the year.

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      • 27 November 2012 13:07, by Aaban

        "At least they are Muslim like us" What a words from the wonderful son of criminal murderer, if there is human being here, he/ she would be a shame of this words, but of cause the one who said it is either animal in his heart or a murderer who loved death than lives, what an airhead idiot Blesphemous Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya clan of ja’lain Hashimite janjaweed criminal minded,

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        • 27 November 2012 14:12, by sudani ana

          Aaban
          I like your posts because they add an element of humour to this forum. so keep writing.

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        • 27 November 2012 14:37, by mudfish

          Aaban
          d’t trust your brother,because you share the same religion,jalaby is right,that one will course u travel and it will let u see the upper teeth of goat!!!

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          • 27 November 2012 15:12, by panchol

            Aaban
            Don’t cry later if flame catches tall building in khartoum or Port Sudan. Just slab for Israel, and see how it will react against NCP aggression. Your Government is suffering from economic sanctions but your regime has clicked for terrorists activities.

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    • 27 November 2012 15:02, by panchol

      jalaby
      you are optimistic my brother, Iran is more developed and it’s supporting terrorists which makes Iran to suffer from economic sanctions comparing to Sudan that had just come out from civil war. if Sudan wants to fight poverty, let it open agricultural scheme than bringing different type of weapons. Muhar Gadafi would have not been killed of owning a lot of weapons of mess destruction.

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    • 27 November 2012 19:08, by Ruach

      Yes that terrorist ship docked in Port Sudan will never reach Iran,it will be destroyed by mighty Israel

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