* Khartoum says no foreign role in munitions factory
* Sudan accused Israel of bombing arms plant last week
* Iran warships to be open to public for a day -Sudan
KHARTOUM, Oct 30 Sudan dismissed as "misleading"
Israeli allegations it supplies arms to foes of the Jewish state
and said there was no foreign involvement in a munitions factory
Khartoum says was bombed by Israel.
The poor Muslim East African country has long been seen by
Israel as a conduit for weapons smuggled to the Hamas-ruled Gaza
Strip, via the Egyptian Sinai desert.
Four people were killed after fire broke out a week ago at
the Yarmouk arms factory in the south of Khartoum, and the
following day Sudan said an Israeli air strike was responsible.
Israel has not commented on the fire.
But Amos Gilad, a senior Israeli defence official, made
clear that Sudan should be considered fair game - an enemy like
Hamas and Iran - and that Cairo's interests were also at stake.
"It is clear that it (Sudan) supports the smuggling of
munitions, or it helps Gaza. In actuality, these munitions pass
through Egypt, so it is endangering its major neighbour, Egypt,"
Gilad told Army Radio.
A Sudanese foreign ministry statement issued late on Monday
said: "We confirm what everyone knows - Iran is not in need of
weapons made in Sudan, whether for itself or for its allies."
It said Israel was "trying hard to leak misleading
information through various sources known to be connected to
Israel in an effort to provide justifications and pretexts for
its abominable action".
"This includes talk about an alleged relation between the
Yarmouk compound production and Iran, Syria, Hamas in Palestine
and Hezbollah in Lebanon," the statement said.
Two Iranian warships that docked in Port Sudan on Monday
were on a routine visit, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti
said, denying the ships' arrival had anything to do with the
"The movement of the Iranian ships is a routine movement.
Their entry to Port Sudan is well known and no secret," he told
reporters in Khartoum.
On Monday, Iran's official news agency said the helicopter
carrier Khark and destroyer Shahid Naqdi had docked in Sudan
bearing a "message of peace and friendship," triggering
speculation the visit was related to the fire.
The vessels will be open to the public for a full day during
their stay from Oct. 28 to 31, state media reported, quoting
armed forces spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid, adding that Pakistani,
Egyptian, Indian and other vessels had made similar visits.
(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by William Maclean)