30 Oct '12, 2pm

Sudanese Military: Iranian Naval Visit Reflects Strong Ties

KHARTOUM — The visit of two Iranian naval ships to Sudan reflects strong ties between the countries, Sudan’s military said Oct. 30 after Khartoum denied Iranian involvement in weapons manufacturing. 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 on Oct. 23. The factory compound exploded and burst into flames, and speculation followed that Iranian weapons were stored or manufactured there. Sudan’s foreign ministry on Oct. 29 denied that Iran had any involvement in the Yarmouk factory. It accused Israel of “spreading fabricated information”. On a visit to Tehran last August, President Omar al-Bashir described the relationship between Sudan and Iran as “deeply rooted”. “Two Iranian navy ships are visiting Port Sudan” until Oct. 31...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121030/DEFREG04/3103...

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