Sudan's Bashir Says
US Dominated By 'Zionists'
By Rawhi Abeidoh
RABAT (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Thursday lashed out at the U.S. administration, saying it was dominated by ``Zionists'' working to undermine his country. He also accused Washington of preventing the U.N. Security Council from sending a fact-finding mission to Khartoum to verify Sudanese claims that a pharmaceutical plant flattened by by U.S. cruise missiles last month did not produce chemical weapons as the United States had said. ``The American aggression was made because the United States is under the full domination of Zionist forces,'' Bashir told a news conference in Rabat at the end of a three-day working visit to Morocco. ``In fact, the Jews control all decision-making centres in the United States. The Secretary of State, Defence Secretary, National Security Adviser, leaders of the foreign, security and the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) are all Jews. ``Perhaps the only person who is not a Jew is the president. But then, he is in an unenviable position and has been looking for any way out of his predicament,'' he added referring the sex scandal now rocking Bill Clinton's presidency. ``He (Clinton) has ordered the attack to change the news headlines and also to fulfill Zionist wishes against Sudan which rejects the Zionist and American policies,'' he added. Washington, accusing Khartoum of sponsoring terrorism, has pushed for U.N. sanctions on Sudan for refusing to hand over suspects in the failed assassination attempt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa in June 1996. Bashir said the U.S. had also prevented the World Bank from pursuing its aid programme which he described as a main source for hard currencies in his impoverished country. ``We have learned to rely on ourselves... In July, Sudan will enter a new stage as oil exports become an important feature of the national economic,'' he said, adding that exports will start initially at 150,000 barrels per day. Washington has said the Khartoum facility produced key ingredients for a deadly nerve agent and was financed by Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden, accused by U.S. of masterminding the August 7 bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. At least 263 people, including 12 Americans, were killed in the bombings. A senior Sudanese official told Reuters that Bashir sought the support King Hassan of Morocco, a strong ally of the United States in region, to persuade Washington to ``publicly admit that the attack on the pharmaceutical plant was a mistake and therefore should pay compensations.'' Asked whether he discussed the August 20 bombing with the Moroccan monarch, Bashir said: ``We informed his majesty about the injustice that has befallen Sudan... We left the matter up to him to deal with it in the way he feels appropriate.'' Sudan's offer for an international fact-finding mission enjoys the support of Russia, the Arab League, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of African Unity, he said. ``We have lost a factory plant, but in return, we have won the world public opinion especially in the Arab, Islamic and African worlds that we would have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get,'' he added.