The Iranian regime’s main cultural centre in the Sudanese capital was padlocked on Sunday after Khartoum ordered it closed on September 2 for activities that ‘threatened social and intellectual security’ of that country.
An AFP reporter found the gate padlocked and no sign of anybody inside the offices that according to the Sudanese foreign ministry have exceeded their mandate and “It became necessary to take an official action against this center”.
The Iranian regime last week denied the centre and two others had been shut on Khartoum’s orders. A Sudanese official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday that the centers would close their doors by Sunday.
Sudan’s foreign ministry said the centers to close and ordered their staff to leave the country.
A Sudanese analyst told AFP the move by Khartoum might be in response to pressure from Riyadh, which further isolated the indebted and sanctions-hit Sudanese economy earlier this year by denying access to major Saudi Arabian banks.
Iranian regime’s warships have periodically made stops in Port Sudan, across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia.
Evidence suggests Iran has played a key role in supporting war-torn Sudan’s weapons production, said a May report from the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss-based independent research project.