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Sudan denies Iran role in arms factory

Published on Oct 30, 2012 6:27 AM
 
Fire engulfed the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum on Oct 24, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KHARTOUM (AFP) - 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.

 
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