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Fresh visit by Iranian warships to Sudan


December 8, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Two Iranian warships have arrived at the coastal city of Port Sudan on Saturday, according to a military statement out of Iran.

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Iranian navy personnel stand aboard the IRIS Bushehr as two Iranian warships docked in the Sudanese Red Sea city of Port Sudan on December 8, 2012 (Getty Images)

Fars, which is Iran’s state news agency, quoted the Navy’s public relations office as saying that its 23rd fleet of warships including Jamaran destroyer and the logistical chopper carrier vessel, Bushehr docked in Sudan "after passing through the strategic Strait of Bab el-Mandeb and accomplishing its mission in the Red Sea".

The statement added that the fleet’s commanders have already had a meeting with senior Sudanese navy commanders including Navy Commander Abdullah Matari along with Tehran’s ambassador to Khartoum.

Matari urged further expansion of Iran-Sudan military cooperation, and announced that he will pay a visit to Iran in the near future.

The Iranian ambassador to Khartoum thanked Sudan’s "warm welcome" to the ships calling it "an honor" for Iran.

On Friday, Sudan’s army spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said the visit is part of "military and military exchange" and will stay for three days during which they will be open for view by ordinary visitors.

The ships were originally scheduled to arrive in the last week of November but was delayed for unspecified reasons on the Iranian side.

This is the second stop by Iranian ships since October amid controversy within the Sudanese government and parliament on the benefits behind such a move to Khartoum.

The first one came 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 Gaza strip.

Khartoum vehemently dismissed the accusations saying the visit was pre-planned but its foreign minister Ali Karti warned publicly last month about the dangers of closer relations with Iran saying he advised the government not to receive them earlier this year but was not consulted the second time.

Karti also said that rich Arab Gulf states are unhappy with the Sudan-Iran ties which he suggested could deny the country much needed investments.

"Sudan needs to understand that this visit will not be accepted by Saudi Arabia," Khalid al-Dakhil, a Saudi political analyst was quoted by Reuters as well.

The conflicting views with government circles signal struggle between hardliners and moderate.

"You have here a conflict of moderate forces who want to break the isolation and hardliners in the army who don’t care about the West. They think wooing the West is a lost cause so they focus on Iran and Hamas," one Western diplomat told Reuters today.

In November the Saudi pro-government Al-Riyadh newspaper said in its editorial titled "The fall of masks between Iran and Sudan" blasted Khartoum over the Iranian warships saying there is no "logical justification" for relationship between the two countries.

"Bashir’s government resorting to a state that is in political and security odds with most Arab countries has no logical justification," the newspaper said.

"Syria did not openly declare its alliance with Iran but except for claiming that it is in the trenches of resistance and opposition which is a major lie. But Sudan does not have the same reasoning for the loss of credibility and the fact that what it is conducting is naive policy".

The editorial said that the Sudanese government turned the country, despite its enormous potentials, to a marginalized nation that is unable to attract Arab or foreign investors.


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  • 9 December 2012 10:50, by Ruach

    Mighty Israel will destroy it

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    • 9 December 2012 19:29, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      @ Ruach,Iran have capacity of withstanding Isreal&destroys Isreal if war broke out. Iran has a manpower than Isreal,equal technology. Isreal defeated Arab Armies due to Eruope & US support. Isreali must stopped hatred of African to survive in Middle East. Otherwise Isreal might extinct if war broke out against Iran. Isreali must create escape rootes to Africa& first make Allied with them

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      • 9 December 2012 19:42, by Nyakuzuny

        brother Ruach don’t maintion Iran , the world leading power is Israel ,don’t mention such aweapons of Iran . Israel is husband of all middle east brother.

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    • 10 December 2012 12:05, by Bentiu Elite

      This fools called Sudanese of North Sudan always like to be pulled to any failed business .....what they will benefits from IRAN if the Military Equipment they OBTAINED from RUSSIA could not detect flying ISREALI objects....and the IRANIAN Rockets(99%) were caught in the AIR by ISREALI IRON DOME ....
      These fools should depend on their mind and use what is good for their people ...
      SPLA OYEE....

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  • 9 December 2012 11:38, by Northern Sudanese

    For the first time i agree with Mr. Karti , Iran is a true military cooperator and friend but its our economy which is currently suffering and needs foreign investments, we are losing out billions of foreign investments due to sanctions and bad reputation created by the west. the biggest example is agriculture, agriculture should get us at least $200 billion of GDP annually

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    • 9 December 2012 11:41, by Northern Sudanese

      when most lands are irrigated properly. we got the largest areas for agriculture in the continent, and some of the largest sweat water lakes in the world just under the desert. but we struggle to much with implementing the irrigation system and transforming from manual to high tech farming. thats why we need to attract investors from the gulf, in 2011 saudi arabia chose to invest in agriculture in

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      • 9 December 2012 11:45, by Northern Sudanese

        Argentina over Sudan, although Sudan has better land, better location and better relationship. we lost at least $5 billion of investment but the government didn’t reply, and our agriculture minister said ’’they wanted us to get electricity, built needed roads for gezira scheme ect and we couldn’t because we had other projects to complete first’’. why not freezing those and save those $5 billions?

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        • 9 December 2012 11:50, by Northern Sudanese

          with those $5 billion we could have had accomplished at least 30% of our master sugar plan for 2020 by 2013. we could have been already in the top 5 sugar exporters by 2016. but we have some of the dumbest ministers in the world! if we were cooperating that much with Iran to deliver a small scale retaliation, why not wait a little bit and get those billion of investment, accomplish the goals and

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          • 9 December 2012 11:55, by Northern Sudanese

            after we get those tons of dollars we can then buy proper weapons to fight those jews.Seriously, Iran isn’t going to offer us investments which our arab brothers in the gulf offer us, on the same time, USA won’t invest a penny and USA’s puppets in Europe will just copy every single step USA makes. we are in a position to either choose good relation with the west,gulf or Iran. I believe the gulf :/

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            • 9 December 2012 19:34, by Nyakuzuny

              haahaa Northern Sudan brother we needed to close the Nile and also we will Returned our pipe line to another Country were will you going , now Sudan will be remaining poorest Country and we will controlling our resources , we will destroy your cooperation if you are believe our resources to making the cooperation with Arabs country there is No any others benefit from Sudan please waiting 2015.

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    • 9 December 2012 14:44, by nuer food lovers

      u Agree with karti , Arab re all terrot ,their cooperation Iran will not help them.

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  • 9 December 2012 14:46, by Nubian King

    Three main reasons why Sudanese pound declines on daily basis against the hard currencies are;
    1. Its military relations with Iran
    2. Purchase of defective war equipments from Russia
    3. The unending internal conflicts
    Of all the above reasons; 2 takes the lion’s share because buying an Armor Personnel Carrier (APC)costs USD 25,000,000 (SDG 161,750,000)
    How on the earth can we develop?

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    • 9 December 2012 15:12, by sudani ana

      You don’t know what you’re talking about, thanks to our cooperation with Iran, Sudan manufactures it’s own armoured personnel carriers and AK47 in addition to other types of machine guns. We are now planning on manufacturing heavy weapons such as tanks etc. a country can never be fully independent unless it manufacture it’s own arms.

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  • 9 December 2012 15:41, by panchol

    Northern Sudanese.
    You are the only optimist in that country, Sudan wanted to invest in weapons not money. Iran is not helping Sudan but destroying it. Sudan has stuck to development and the best way to bring regime change in Khartoum so that your contry will ne reborn once more.fighting is everywhere in Sudan and even islamists have risen too against regime and Iran is exposing regime to danger.

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    • 9 December 2012 17:05, by Northern Sudanese

      no iran is not destroying sudan, its only keeping foreign investments away from the country. specially those of the gulf which we need ’’most’’. we don’t care ’’who’’ rules the country, but we do care about ’’how’’ the country is ruled. with a large rich wide land like sudan, and with a population of 30 million, no1 should be in poverty.

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  • 9 December 2012 17:51, by Melvin

    Sudan can stand on its own two feet without relying on Persian Gulf Arab countries.
    The only place they invest is in U.S Europe Asia besides Wahabi terrorism.
    If Persian Gulf Arabs cared about Sudan, they would have helped you not to lose the South Sudan.
    If relying on Saudi help was a good idea then Pakistan Yemen Afghanistan should have been a paradise by now!
    Terrorist Saudi Government lies!

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  • 9 December 2012 22:46, by Kikiji longiro

    Dear All,
    There are no more dollars in any Iranian banks & sudan is in need of ammunitions because the Jewish state have stolen the Sudanese intrest,DO YOU WANT THESE TWO COUNTRIES TO STARVE TO DEATH WITHOUT HELPING EACH OTHERS? Iran is bring ammunitions to Sudan that is why it,s made probitten for 3 days nobody is allowed to enter their ship.LEAVE THESE TWO NATIONS TO BARK more IN THEIR MARKETS.

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  • 9 December 2012 22:53, by Kikiji longiro


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