Home | News    Friday 14 December 2012

Sudan denies approving Iranian naval base

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

December 13, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government on Thursday vehemently denied reports that it has given the go-ahead to Iran on a Red Sea naval base saying it conflicts with Khartoum’s policy.

JPEG - 22.7 kb
Iranian navy personnel stand aboard one of two Iranian warships docked in the Sudanese Red Sea city of Port Sudan on December 8, 2012 (Getty Images)

The military cooperation between the two countries came to light following two visits by Iranian warships to Sudan since October.

It also coincided with a suspected Israeli airstrike on a weapons factory in the Sudanese capital last October. The Jewish state did not claim responsibility for the attack but Israeli official blasted Khartoum for what they alleged was passing Iranian rockets to Hamas militants in Gaza strip.

The Sudanese foreign ministry Undersecretary Rahmatallah Osman stressed that as a matter of principle Khartoum does not allow foreign military bases to operate on its territory adding that "Iran is no exception".

This week Stratfor Global Intelligence said that Israel is using Eritrea as a base to monitor Iranian growing activities in the Red Sea.

"Israel’s presence in Eritrea is very focused and precise, involving intelligence gathering in the Red Sea and monitoring Iran’s activities. Various Stratfor diplomatic sources have said that Israel’s presence in Eritrea is small but significant," the strategy consultancy firm said.

Last month the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper said that Tehran presented an alliance proposal to Khartoum for the purpose of "protecting" the Red Sea.

But later the Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti denied receiving any such request.
Karti himself has complained publicly about the extent of Sudan’s relations with Iran and suggested that it should be downgraded for the sake of better ties with Arab Gulf states.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Dissolution and formation of the Cabinet - 2013 2018-04-19 21:36:58 Amb Telar Deng The events that led to the 2013 dissolution of cabinet can be traced back to the deep mistrust that fermented back in 1991 when leaders failed to close ranks. After the 1991 (...)

Tall tale of criminal confession from S. Sudan presidency 2018-04-14 21:06:37 By Stephen Par Kuol Those who could not have read the minds of Kiir’s fascist regime for years can now read its own lips confessing war crimes and financial corruption. Ateny Wek Ateny has been (...)

Machar project and the South Sudan peace forum 2018-04-12 05:14:13 By Tor Madira Machier The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the rest of the international community seem to be investing in two rival projects: One is the Machar project and (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)

Appeal for forgiveness and pardon of John Agou Wuoi 2018-03-07 08:28:08 H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President and Commander-in-Chief, of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Republic of South Sudan (RSS), 5th February, 2018. Through: Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth (...)

Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.