Iran president in Sudan to boost ties

2011-09-25 20:44

Khartoum - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will arrive in Sudan late on Sunday for talks expected to focus on boosting political and economic ties between the two allies, Sudanese officials said.

Iran, along with China, is one of the biggest supporters of Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir who faces indictment from the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged war crimes in the long-running Darfur conflict.

Shunned by the West, Sudan, which is facing an economic crisis after losing much of its oil wealth to newly-independent South Sudan, is keen to expand trade ties with Iran. Most Western firms avoid Sudan due to a tough US trade embargo.

Sudan and Iran have also strong military ties after signing a co-operation agreement in 2008.

During his two-day visit Ahmadinejad will meet Bashir on Monday and give a speech in the capital Khartoum, officials in the Sudanese foreign ministry said.

Bashir has supported the Iranian nuclear programme which Washington says is to build nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

  • slg - 2011-09-25 21:06

    China keeps bad company, doesn't it. Yet it's in the UN Security Council and has veto power. Not a good situation for the growth of human rights.

      morena - 2011-09-26 10:43

      and america, france, britain are promoting good stituation for the growth of human rights? huh slg

  • Ian - 2011-09-25 21:09

    terrorist looks after terrorist as we know

  • meelo - 2011-09-26 07:11

    Trying to uplift Africa unlike the United Snakes. Why havent the US sent thousands of troops to Sudan, Ivory Coast, Ruwanda......

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