Iran Mediation in Sudan-Chad Conflict Welcome
rahul | November 4, 2008 at 06:18 pmby
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The border dispute between Sudan and Chad is now subject of Iranian mediation. "Libya is trying to broker a peace deal between Sudan and Chad, but Khartoum supports the steps taken by Tehran".
A second round of talks between Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi and his Sudanese counterpart, Ali Al-Sadiq was held in Khartoum on Monday.
Sadiq called for boosting media cooperation between the two sides to safeguard cultural and religious dignity against assaults by the big powers.
He said Sudan supports Iran’s right to civilian nuclear energy.
In response to a question by Iran Daily about Sudan’s views on Iran’s mediation between Sudan and Chad, Sadiq said his government has always welcomed Iran’s constructive efforts to help settle border disputes between the two neighbors.
Libya is trying to broker a peace deal between Sudan and Chad, but Khartoum supports the steps taken by Tehran, he added.
The Sudanese official welcomed Iran’s stance on the system anti-Islamic measures in the West, noting that western powers seek to disrupt the Islamic world’s direction on the right path.
Some international organizations like the International Court of Justice (ICC) in The Hague are a tool in the hands of some big states to impose their views on the other nations, he told Qashqavi.
Sadiq recalled that United Nations peacekeepers in some African states have abused women and children “but the world body did not denounce their misconduct.“
On the extended political and humanitarian crises in Darfur, Sadiq said that his government has singed peace deals to settle the conflict.
“Since 2003, Sudan has strived to bring peace and tranquility to the region, but unfortunately the efforts were hindered and the case was passed on to the UN Security Council,“ he complained.
Praising Qatar’s mediating role in the conflict, he said the Persian Gulf emirate is trying to contact the rebels in Darfur to bring them to the negotiating table with the Khartoum government.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he called on Iranian companies to invest in Sudan’s oil and economic sectors.
Qashqavi for his part, noted that the Tehran and Khartoum should pave the way for establishing media representatives in the two Muslim countries.
Tehran is determined to expand mutual ties with Sudan, he added.
“Sudan is one of the countries in the world whose political stance is close to Iran,“ Qashqavi said, and added that Iran’s media have great potential to help the Sudanese government’s image among free world public opinion.
Qashqavi criticized western countries’ bid to attack Muslim dignity by publishing anti-Islamic books and news such as “Aisha, Jewel of Medina“ and cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
He condemned the ongoing crimes of the occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and reiterated that the US-led western forces have only brought death, destruction and instability to Muslim lands.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman said Iranian news agencies are eager to share their experience with their Sudanese counterparts.
The visiting Iranian delegation also met with representatives of the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA). The agency’s deputy for editorial affairs, Nemat Abdel Hakim Al-Shami referred to Iran’s mass media potential and called on the relevant officials to help his media.
Created in 1970, SUNA has 23 international correspondents as well as 25 local reporters. The agency also publishes newspapers in French, English and Arabic.
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