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Sudan oil minister in Iran to follow up on investment pledge


February 24, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese oil minister Awad al-Jaz arrived in Tehran on Sunday with a letter from president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

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Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinejad receiving Sudanese oil minister Awad al-Jaz in Tehran February 24, 2013 (Fars News Agency)

The composition of the Sudanese delegation which included the agriculture minister and deputy central bank governor implied the economic nature of the visit.

The official Fars news agency quoted Ahmedinejad as saying that "there are several important steps on the bilateral and Islamic world level that Tehran and Khartoum can undertake together in close cooperation for the benefit of people in two countries and other people".

"The current global circumstances require us to stand shoulder to shoulder," Ahmedinejad added.

Earlier this month in Cairo Ahmedinejad met with Bashir on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit.

Following the meeting Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti said that he expects fresh Iranian investments to flow into the country but provided no details.

The Iranian president today alluded to economic sanctions and isolation imposed on the two countries by the west saying that "we with the help of each other can overcome the difficult conditions imposed by enemies on us".

The Sudanese oil minister during his meeting with Ahmedinejad said that the relations between Iran and the Sudan are "based on Islamic principles and this relationship differs in kind from relations with other countries".

He said that the "global arrogance" is conspiring against the Islamic world, and pointed to the need for the Islamic world to stand together in order to achieve its goals.

Al-Jaz called for increasing the level of cooperation between the two countries especially in the fields of energy and agriculture.

The ties between Iran and Sudan have been mainly focused on military aspects but the two countries have had negligible trade relations.

Last year Khartoum twice allowed Iranian warships to dock in Port Sudan drawing
concern of the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan is itself divided on the extent of the relationship the country should have with Iran.

Sudan’s top diplomat publicly announced that he supports downgrading ties with Tehran in order to appeal to Arab Gulf Sunni states at odds with Shiite power Iran.


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  • 25 February 2013 06:30, by master

    thank you for the weapons you provided us in recent past and we used it to crush insect in heglig thanks

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  • 25 February 2013 06:37, by Jalaby

    I’m not optimistic at all in having a good relation with Iran that can yield a fruitful investment,in fact I’m very pessimistic!
    Iran didn’t participate as a major investor in any of our big infrastructure projects,all of them financed and done by our brothers Gulf countries and China but not Iran!
    Iran major investment is to spread their Shia ideology in Sunny Muslim

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    • 25 February 2013 06:48, by Jalaby

      countries, helping Bashar Al-Assad to kill his own people because Bashar regime is Shia-based system,encouraging Hezb Allah to fight with Assad Shabiha gangsters in Syria, encouraging and supporting Shia in Yemen and undermining the already unsecured situation in Yemen,same scenario in Bahrain and so on!

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      • 25 February 2013 06:55, by Jalaby

        Nothing positive came from Iran before and I remember they refused to give Sudan oil for installment and asked for cash upfront during ninety after former president Rafasengany visited Khartoum and pledged to invest in Sudan and have strong economic relationship despite Sudan was the only Sunnt country to open its door widely to Iran but they did nothing other than

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        • 25 February 2013 07:06, by Jalaby

          trying to spread their Shia ideology in Sudan!
          So Iran didn’t make any major investment in Sudan when they were not under any sanction how they will make investment in Sudan now while they’re in deep trouble due to the international economic sanction against them and they’re running out of cash and their oil infrastructure itself needs for foreign investment!!

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          • 25 February 2013 07:41, by Nuer Empire

            Sudan:Running in the same lines with Iran will increase the sanctions upto the peak that will even let the presidents to use horse as their cars.Every one will starve like hell
            The Nuer Empire

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      • 25 February 2013 08:28, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        They went to beg for Dollar,since the exchange rate stand at 7.7 pound per dollar in Khartoum.But Iran will paid it dearly incase of different issue discussed,Jalaby take notices of.

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    • 26 February 2013 05:55, by ForAll

      Shia ideology is the perfect and accurate road and roadmap for the strong believers in ISLAM.
      SHIA are the ones who COMPLY WITH Islam principles based on clear and pin-point mission, vision and values

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  • 25 February 2013 07:42, by Pif Paf

    I support Iranian relation with Sudan as long as Iran does not have hidden agenda’s to spread its Shia ideology here and as long as it doesn’t not affect our relation with our brothers in the Gulf. A relationship between Sudan and Iran should be strictly based on economics and military purposes since they are in this fight together but religiously they have nothing in common.

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  • 25 February 2013 07:50, by sudani

    Good comment, ya aramy, Iran will not bring a better investment in sudan but rather than spoil the already stranded relationship between S.sudan and sudan.

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  • 25 February 2013 11:37, by hamil

    If you observe critically, the one on the right doesn’t look ARAB does He? So what version of Arabs are found in Sudan anyway? They don’t qualify to be addressed as fake Arabs either. No wonder they Arabs and Northern Sudanese have one thing in common. They are TERRORISTS

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    • 25 February 2013 14:32, by Paul Ongee

      The Iranian President looks almost like an Arab because of the common facial feature - big nose. The Sudanese oil Minister looks typically like an African begging for Arab investment and pretends to look like an Arab because he thinks and prays facing one direction only. They commonly train terrorists, support and sponsor international terrorism.

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  • 25 February 2013 19:16, by panchol

    jalaby, your prediction towards NCP planning in the future of Sudanese citizens is appreciated.
    I am happy for your comment jalaby
    Thank you.

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