Ahmadinejad in Sudan to boost ties

Iranian president's two-day visit aims to expand trade and political ties with Khartoum, which is shunned by the West.

    Ahmadinejad, left, received a warm welcome from his Sudanese counterpart at Khartoum airport [AFP]

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has met his Sudanese counterpart in Khartoum after arriving on a two-day visit.

    Ahmadinejad's visit is aimed at boosting political and economic ties between the two allies, Sudanese officials said.

    Ahmadinejad received a warm welcome from Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir at Khartoum airport.

    Iran, along with China, is one of the biggest supporters of 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.

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

    SOURCE: Agencies


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