Sunday, August 30, 1998 Published at 21:01 GMT 22:01 UK
Sudan denies Bin Laden links
Sudan says it has no links now with Osama bin Laden
Barbara Plett reports from Khartoum on Sudan's denial of links with Osama bin Laden:
The Sudanese Foreign Minister said Khartoum had cut all links with Osama bin Laden since he left the country in 1995 under pressure from Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Mr Ismail said the companies once owned by the Saudi dissident are now in the hands of the Sudanese government or private businessmen.
US officials had at first linked the bombed medicine factory to Mr bin Laden - they said it was part of his economic network and that he was using it to produce chemical weapons agents.
But faced with denials from the Sudanese owner, they pulled back from direct links and said Osama bin Laden was involved in a Sudanese military-industrial complex with connections to the plant.
Mr bin Laden does own a Nile-front property here that he is trying to sell for two million dollars, but US officials have acknowledged the difficulty of determining the exact nature of his financial network, which is shrouded in secrecy.
Despite this, the American ambassador to the United Nations, Bill Richardson, said it was totally untrue that Sudan had cut ties with Osama bin Laden.
In a televised interview on Sunday, he said the US had evidence of links between Sudan, Mr bin Laden and Iraq.
Mr Richardson also rejected Sudanese calls for a UN investigation to verify American claims about the factory.