Sudan denies Iran role in arms factory
30 October 2012, 11:49
Khartoum - Sudan's foreign ministry on Monday denied that Iran had any involvement in a military factory which Khartoum says was attacked by Israeli aircraft last week.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms what is known by all: That Iran has no need to manufacture weapons in Sudan, for Iran or for its allies," the ministry said in a statement.
"We want to deny any relation between Sudan's military manufacturing and any foreign partner."
Sudan's links to Iran have come under scrutiny after Khartoum accused Israel of sending four radar-evading aircraft to strike the Yarmouk military factory in the heart of the capital at midnight last Tuesday.
Israeli officials have expressed concern about arms smuggling through Sudan and have long accused Khartoum of serving as a base of support for militants from the Islamist Hamas movement that rules the Gaza Strip.
Israel refused all comment on Khartoum's allegations about the factory blast.
But a top Israeli defence official, Amos Gilad, said last week that Sudan "serves as a route for the transfer, via Egyptian territory, of Iranian weapons to Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists."
Sudan's foreign ministry said Israel is "trying its best to pass fabricated information through different sources that have a link with Israel, in an effort to provide reasons for its aggression.
"This includes talk about claimed relations between the al-Yarmouk compound and Iran and Syria, and the Hamas Islamic struggle movement in Palestine, and Hezbollah in Lebanon."
Meanwhile Iran's Press TV reported that two of the country's navy ships, the helicopter carrier Kharg and destroyer Admiral Naqdi, arrived at Sudan's Red Sea port on Monday.
The ships were sent to the Djibouti area in September, Press TV said, adding that the commanders would meet their Sudanese navy counterparts during their visit.