Sudanese opposition groups accused Khartoum this week of reaching a secret
agreement with Tehran to establish an Iranian military base on the Red
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Anti-government newspaper Hurriyat Sudan cited an unnamed opposition
source on Monday as saying that the Sudanese government had struck a deal with
Iran for building a base on the Sudanese coast.
Meanwhile, Sudanese rebel
group The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said on Sunday that Sudan’s
President Omar Bashir has reached a “very advanced” arrangement with Iran’s
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to establish a naval base either in Port Sudan
or elsewhere on the Red Sea, according to the Sudanese anti-government news
outlet Al Rakoba.
The accusations came after two Iranian naval vessels,
the 1,400-ton frigate Jamaran and the 4,700-ton support ship Bushehr, docked in
Port Sudan on Saturday morning.