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According to Sudan's army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad the two ships, one a warship and the other a navy supply ship, docked in Port Sudan. They were there in order to refuel before continuing on their journey elsewhere. (AP, May 5)
A chief assistant to the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has recently said that there is "nothing peculiar" about Sudan's relations with Iran. He stressed that Tehran-Khartoum relations have not affected Sudan's relations with Arab Middle East states like Saudi Arabia.
A senior Sudanese opposition politician has recently asserted that relations between Sudan and Saudi Arabia amount to "zero".
Sudan also has close ties with Qatar which recently found itself in a diplomatic dispute with three of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states. This was a result of what they perceive to be Qatars slanted pro-Muslim Brotherhood disposition and that tiny country's diverging policies on other issues of interest to them. This dispute is said to have been resolved but it did nevertheless serve to show the tense relations which sometimes exists between these GCC alliance Arab monarchies.
Qatar has also seeking to establish free trade zones with Tehran. Furthermore Tehran and Doha are in talks to implement a 2010 security pact and enhance ties between the two countries. (Fars News, April 15)
And recently there has even been talk about building a causeway which will link Iran and Oman.