Iranian warships leave Sudan after three-day stay

by Machiavelli

Ethio Tribune

October 31, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Two Iranian warships departed on Wednesday from an eastern port in Sudan after a four-day stay which fueled speculations about military cooperation between the two countries less than a week after Khartoum accused Israel of bombing a Sudanese arms factory rumored to be linked to Tehran.

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Iranian Navy destroyer Shahid Naqdi is pictured at Port Sudan at the Red Sea State, October 31, 2012 (REUTERS)

The two vessels, supply and helicopter carrier Kharg and corvette Admiral Naghdi, docked in Port Sudan on Monday as part of what both Iranian and Sudanese officials described as a “routine” visit.

Sudan army spokesperson, Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad, said the visit “presented an opportunity for Sudanese navy officers and students of maritime studies to watch the advanced weapons and assess the capabilities of these cutting-edge warships”

He also said that the visit came as part of the two countries’ efforts…

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