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Sudanese president accuses Egypt of supporting opponents

FILE - In this June 14, 2015 file photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attends the opening session of the AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. During an extensive interview Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, with the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV network, Al-Bashir accused Egyptian intelligence of supporting Sudan’s opposition forces, and vowing to take a border dispute between the two neighbors to the United Nations Security Council if negotiations fail. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)

FILE - In this June 14, 2015 file photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attends the opening session of the AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. During an extensive interview Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, with the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV network, Al-Bashir accused Egyptian intelligence of supporting Sudan’s opposition forces, and vowing to take a border dispute between the two neighbors to the United Nations Security Council if negotiations fail. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)  (The Associated Press)

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is accusing Egyptian intelligence of supporting Sudan's opposition forces, and vowing to take a border dispute between the two neighbors to the United Nations Security Council if negotiations fail.

The remarks came as part of an extensive interview Sunday with the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV network.

Al-Bashir — who came to power in 1989 coup — also accused Iran of trying to spread Shiite Islam in Sudan.

Sudan severed diplomatic ties with Iran in January last year, after Saudis — al-Bashir's main benefactors — engaged in a public feud with Tehran. The dispute was triggered when angry crowds attacked Saudi diplomatic missions to protest the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.