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Arab Analyst Sees Omar Al-Basir’s Remarks as Iran’s Response to Saudi Crown Prince’s Claims

26 November 2017 21:03

 

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, said the recent remarks by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Russia indicated his regret for Khartoum’s companionship with the US-Zionist coalition in the past and his willingness to return to the resistance front led by Iran.

“When Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, underlined his opposition to any military or political confrontation between the Arab states and Iran after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said the US and Europe’s interference caused the regional crises, this means that Bashir wants to correct his position and return his country to its real position in the resistance front,” Atwan wrote on Sunday.

“The Sudanese president wrongly thought in the past few years that the US and its Arab allies are the final solution to the problems and crises in Sudan and respected and supported them a lot,” he added.

Atwan believes that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s remarks against Iran and Bashir’s comments in opposition to war against Tehran are no coincidence, adding that the Sudanese president deliberately responded to its Saudi ally and announced defection from the Saudi-led Arab coalition and its war against Yemen.

In an interview with Sputnik, Bashir spoke of the possible military cooperation with Russia, as well as the situation in the country’s hotspot, the Darfur region. He also accused the US government of “devastating” the Arab world.

“We have information that the US aspiration is to split Sudan into five countries, if we do not find protection,” Bashir said, adding that Sudan faces “major pressure and conspiracy from the United States.”

Washington has “devastated the Arab world,” Bashir pointed out, citing the situation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen as examples.

During this week’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bashir stated that his country needed protection from “US aggression,” emphasizing that the Sudanese president said the secession of South Sudan was related to US policies.

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