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Sudan , Iran vow to defeat ‘enemies of Islam’

ICC NOTE: Iran and Sudan, two of the most brutal regimes and guilty of oppression against minority groups rally together to proclaim their allegiance to Islam and declare hatred to their “Zionist enemies”.

by Mohammed Ali Saeed

3/01/07 Iran Sudan For the full story…. (AFP) – Iran and Sudan’s presidents, whose hard line regimes are under intense international scrutiny, struck a defiant pose on Thursday in the face of Western pressure vowing to defeat the “enemies of Islam.”

Wrapping up a two-day visit to Khartoum, the Iranian leader echoed Beshir’s words: “We proclaim our desire to solve the Muslim world’s woes… and rise up against attempts to sow discord in its midst.”

Beshir lent his full support to Iran ‘s nuclear programme, which the West fears Tehran wants to use for military purposes, while Ahmadinejad lashed out at the “enemies of Islam” and accused the West of seeking to destabilise Sudan .

In a joint statement, they drew “the world’s attention to Israel ‘s possession of nuclear weapons” and called for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.

During a meeting with Sudanese clerics Wednesday, Ahmadinejad launched into one of his trademark diatribes against the Jewish state.

“Zionists are the true incarnation of Satan,” he was quoted as saying by Iran ‘s official news agency.

“The Zionist regime was created by the British, brought up by the Americans and commits crimes in the region with their support,” he said.

The two leaders discussed the latest developments in Iraq , Lebanon and the Palestinian territories while their delegations agreed to enhance trade ties and other fields of cooperation, including culture.

Iran ‘s ambassador to Khartoum , Reza Amiri, said before Ahmadinejad’s trip that he hoped business partnerships could help increase the volume of two-way trade to 70 million dollars a year from 43 million dollars now.

However, an issue that has also been at the heart of Iran-Sudan ties is military cooperation, with Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein having visited Iran three times over the past year.

According to press reports, Sudan has shown interest in acquiring Iranian missiles and unmanned aircraft.

Hussein, a former interior minister and presidential adviser, is considered a key suspect by right groups in the abuses that have plagued the western region of Darfur since February 2003.

Ahmadinejad’s visit came a day after the International Criminal Court in The Hague requested summonses for two Sudanese officials accused of 51 crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, torture and mass rape.

One of the two suspects, Ahmed Haroun, is a member of the current government, and the move by the world court was the first attempt to hold regime officials criminally liable over Darfur .

Iran is a key ally of Beshir’s regime together with China , whose President Hu Jintao visited Khartoum earlier this month, and has spoken out against plans for a UN deployment in Darfur .

“Sudan and Iran feel targeted and must respond by making diplomatic efforts to better explain their positions in regional and international forums,” Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Othman Ismail said this week.