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Sudan, Iran boost ties

Sudan’s President ‘Umar Hasan Al-Bashir is ending his three-day visit to Iran on Wednesday. Top officials from both sides are discussing ways to advance their bilateral relations, as well as key regional and international developments, according to a report from Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

“The Sudanese government and people praise Iran’s success in the field of nuclear energy,” said Al-Bashir. He then called for further bolstering of the economic cooperation between the two countries.

On his part, Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said several measures had been adopted by Iran to activate the two countries’ joint commission and that President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad had issued instructions to concerned ministers toward this end.

The Media Line’s analysts point out that the visit comes to serve both countries’ interests, as Iran is looking for international support for its nuclear plan, and Sudan is in urgent need of financial aid in its Darfur crisis.

Meanwhile, as Iran pushes on with its nuclear development plan, Israel announced Tuesday that it successfully launched its new espionage satellite Eros B. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz described the new satellite as “a huge achievement,” and said it will enhance Israel’s ability to gather high-quality intelligence far away from the country’s borders.

The satellite will enable Israel to better monitor the developments in Iran’s nuclear facilities. The Israeli security forces are now waiting for the first images to arrive from the satellite within the next few days.