Track Persia – February 7, 2017
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused accused Iran of attempting to spread Shiite Islam in Sudan in an extensive interview with Al-Arabiya TV network.
ABC News has reported that al-Bashir spoke at length about what he called Iran’s expansionist plans in the region — saying the United States essentially “handed over” Iraq to Iranian control by ousting Saddam Hussein.
“Americans set up a Shiite state in Iraq,” he said, adding that Iran now controls four Arab capitals, including Damascus, Lebanon’s Beirut through Hezbollah and Yemen’s Sanaa through Shiite rebels that control the capital.
Sudan severed diplomatic ties with Iran in January last year in solidarity with Riyadh after the Saudis engaged in a public feud with Tehran. The dispute was triggered when angry crowds attacked Saudi diplomatic missions to protest the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.
Al-Bashir also has had fluctuating relations with Egypt’s the country’s army chief-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. He said that the disputed Halayeb Triangle on the Red Sea coast is Sudanese land which the Egyptians occupied in 1990.
“If they insist there are no negotiations, we will be forced to seek the Security Council track,” he said. He also accused Egyptian intelligence of providing shelter to Sudanese government opponents.
Al-Bashir told the network that he will not run in the 2020 presidential elections, according to ABC News.