Iran is working covertly with Sudan to avoid a U.N. resolution calling for Khartoum to surrender three Egyptian terrorists it is believed to be harboring.
The terrorists are wanted by Ethiopia for their suspected role in the assassination attempt on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last year at a summit in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.
According to U.S. intelligence sources, Iran last month urged Sudan to carry out a scheme to avoid the U.N. demand, made in a Security Council resolution, to turn over the terrorists.
U.S. officials said the intelligence information about the plot is a clear sign of Iran's continuing role in sponsoring terrorism and its cooperation in turning Sudan into a logistical and financial center for international terrorism.
Islamic terrorism and its backers are topics of the Summit of Peacemakers in Egypt today.
Several members of Hamas, which has claimed credit for four suicide bombings in Israel since Feb. 25, received training in Sudan, U.S. officials said.
The United States placed Sudan on its list of terrorism sponsors in 1993. Along with Hamas, which has an office in Khartoum, terrorists from Hezbollah, the Abu Nidal group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Algerian Islamic Salvation Front operate from Sudan.
According to the intelligence sources, National Islamic Front leader Hassan Turabi recently persuaded some members of terrorist organizations based in Sudan to move outside the country temporarily. The Front is the ruling party in Sudan.
The relocation may be the result of the U.N. pressure on Sudan to halt its backing of terrorism.
The three terrorists believed to be in Sudan are identified as members of the Islamic Group, which is supported by Iran and Sudan and seeks the overthrow of the Mubarak government.
They are wanted by Ethiopia for their involvement in the June 26 machine-gun attack on the limousine carrying Mr. Mubarak, who was not harmed.
According to the sources, the Iranians …