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February 17, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces have conducted their first joint maritime military exercise.

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FILE - A Sudanese navy patrol boat patrols the waters close to where the Iranian Kharg replenishment ship and the Corvette Admiral Naghdi are docked in the Red Sea Sudanese town of Port Sudan on October 31, 2012. (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The disclosure was first made by the Commander of the navy base in Port Sudan, Admiral Magdi Sayed Omer, who told Al-Sudani daily newspaper that “the joint exercises will continue until next Thursday”.

He added that the drill comes in the framework of enhancing maritime diplomacy and Red Sea security.

Omer stressed that the current maneuvers are the first of their kind and will form a starting point for joint efforts aimed at securing the Red Sea and strengthening relations between Sudan and Saudi Arabia.

Later the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad told state news agency (SUNA) that the purpose of the joint exercise is to train the naval forces in both countries on combating the different kinds of smuggling.

Col. Sa’ad added that Sawarmi said that this is the first exercise of its kind between Sudan and Saudi Arabia stressing that they will continue in the future.

He said that Sudan received two Saudi ships along with an unspecified number of Saudi special forces and marines.

Sudan’s controversial decision to allow two Iranian warships to dock at Port Sudan last October angered its Arab Gulf state neighbours, raising questions about the level of military cooperation between the two countries.

The arrival of the Iranian warships coincided with the bombing of Khartoum’s Al-Yarmook military factory rumoured to be linked to Tehran, with the Sudanese government accusing Israel of carrying out the attack.

Khartoum’s links with Tehran have been met with suspicion, particularly in the Gulf.

The Saudi pro-government Al-Riyadh newspaper blasted Khartoum over the Iranian warships, questioning the logic behind the relationship between the two countries in a heavily critical editorial published that month titled “The fall of masks between Iran and Sudan”.

“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.

The editorial accused the Sudanese government of “conducting naive policy”, saying it had turned the country, despite its enormous potential, into a marginalised nation that is unable to attract Arab or foreign investors.

The Sudanese army spokesperson told media at the time the arrival of the warships had nothing to do with the destruction of the Al-Yarmook facility, saying the visit was pre-planned before the airstrike and aimed at sharing military expertise.

Khartoum also denied reports that suggested the arms factory was producing Iranian weapons.

Last November, Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti publicly criticised the government for allowing Iran’s naval warships to dock in Port Sudan, saying the government’s actions were hurting its relations with its Arab Gulf state neighbours.

He also denied that the country received any request from Tehran to forge an alliance aimed at protecting the Red Sea.

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  • 18 February 2013 06:54, by zulu

    The gimmics of all time. And what is the geopolitical implications of all these shfts?

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    • 18 February 2013 07:24, by william mawien

      National criminal party
      this political is made up gays gangs terrorist criminal racist
      the leader of this party is a gay and terrorist

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      • 18 February 2013 07:31, by william mawien

        Sudan nowadays
        sudan is piece of hell nowadays
        with the worst economy in the whole world ;;;;sudan became visionless country after succession of rich south sudan from sudan about a year ago ;;;;;;and now the situation in khartoum is very bad

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        • 18 February 2013 07:38, by william mawien

          As i came from khartoum yesterday there is nothing good there
          you can not get a single dollar in either black market or bank
          when you want to get dollar in kh sudan ;;;;;what you have to do is ;;
          buy a phone go to another and then sell it and change it to dollar and then come back to sudan as a rich

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          • 18 February 2013 07:44, by william mawien

            Ncp in power
            the national criminal party last year decieved people that they had discovered new oil fields which is a total lie
            who knows why ncp is decieving sudan citizens like that
            the answer is simple;;

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            • 18 February 2013 07:48, by william mawien

              They know very well that when they leave power that would be the end of their lives

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              • 18 February 2013 07:56, by william mawien

                Benefit of ncp thugs in power
                (1)they procted by saf militas from icc
                (2)they can still loot south sudan resources
                (3)they can still other countries(donors) for their own benefit

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                • 18 February 2013 08:03, by william mawien

                  El bashir in chad
                  this gay called bashir was in chad last friday ;;
                  he survive from icc arrest the same way he did in kenya in 2010;;;;
                  as he arrived in chadian capital ndjamena,he was asked by chadian president what he wanted and here is what el bashir said

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                  • 18 February 2013 08:12, by william mawien

                    Please forgive us what we did in darfur ;;;;;we have accused you falsely ;;please forgive us said innocent bashir while scared by icc in the seceret meeting that they had with chadian president in the
                    he was scared that he could be arrested by icc

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                    • 18 February 2013 08:19, by william mawien

                      I came here to beg you to pass your oil through our sea port(port sudan) since south sudan shut down its oil we are suffering said el bashir while shivering like person suffering from cold
                      i tried to convienced south sudan presiden to resume the oil but he refused said gay bashir

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      • 18 February 2013 17:40, by padiit gaga

        This Criminal party practice their activities openly will face their deed one day because the world knows what they are doing. But North Sudan first caustics who spread that because she has been done the terror activities since 1993. osam was hidden in North Sudan in 1993 north sudan is black list.

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  • 18 February 2013 09:13, by sammartin

    I find this very interesting partnership for such exercises, it can combine our knowledge and strengths.
    Guide piscine

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  • 18 February 2013 09:15, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Holyshit!!! what a political joke! joint naval exercises? who cares. And I think mr.Jalaba, you just forgot the correct name for it, you should called it joined TERRORIST instead; that wuold sounds much better.

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  • 18 February 2013 09:27, by Pif Paf

    This joint exercise will develop relations with our brothers on the other side of the Red Sea. However military developments and efforts should be concentrated on our south border.
    Mighty SAF

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    • 18 February 2013 09:35, by william mawien

      Militan development
      terrorist development
      sudan is a prositute really

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    • 18 February 2013 09:36, by cbuongdit cholkua

      That’s your last wish. Without your ex- husband Sadam and Gadaffi, you just like a little bitch who lose her valuable pimp. What a miserable life.

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    • 18 February 2013 17:33, by panchol

      bif paf or gays of big Sudanese thugs!
      100% your forces will do nothing SPLA gallant
      forces.
      The only type of weapon which is not captured is what is not brought. hahhahhahaha. fuck idiots.

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  • 18 February 2013 09:29, by cbuongdit cholkua

    And bythe way what I saw there looks like a kid’s toy.Also trust me, if its stay there for a month, I would be surprise because the supperman in the will destroy it with no commence.

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    • 18 February 2013 14:12, by Nuer Empire

      Your weak and newly established naval base with your terrorist brothers of Arabs will not work.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 18 February 2013 13:12, by Northern Sudanese

    Its good to have naval exercises with iur brothers, but like Pif Paf before said, its better to concentrate on ground forces than the navy! the possible upcoming war will be fought on the ground, not see because those poor suckers haven’t even got a navy or air force!

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  • 18 February 2013 13:50, by Northern Sudanese

    port sudan is a growing port, in a few years it will be serving sudan, chad and ethiopia!

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  • 18 February 2013 20:41, by John Costa

    It is pathetic! Why are the machine gunners not wearing swimming suit presuming they are training in a wild water. They look like they are on a pick up truck...They do not wear protective war closing.

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    • 18 February 2013 20:45, by Northern Sudanese

      they are not those on the exercises, they are just soldiers securing the port!

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