Sudan has rejected media reports on its government sending arms to Turkey through Ukrainian airlines to be used in the foreign - backed war in Syria.

Colonel Alsawarmi Khalid Saad, the Sudan military spokesman, denied on Thursday a report published by the New York Times claiming that Sudan has sent at least three shipments of arms to Turkey for militants in Syria.

He said, “These allegations are meant to harm our relations with countries Sudan has good relations with”.

Imad Sid Ahmad, Sudanese press secretary for President Omar Hassan al - Bashir also said, " Sudan has not sent weapons to Syria ".

He said even if Sudanese arms are found in Syria it could be Libya former rebels who are smuggling them to anti - Syria militants.

Sid Ahmad said Khartoum declared that it had sent packs of arms to Libyan rebels in 2011 and since then Libya has turned to a source of arms for Syria insurgents.

“We don’t have any extra weapons to give them to anybody and Sudanese government believes in a peaceful solution for crisis in Syria, ” he added.

The New York Times published a report which said, “in deals that have not been publicly acknowledged, Western officials and Syrian rebels say, Sudan’s government sold Sudanese - and Chinese - made arms to Qatar, which arranged delivery through Turkey to the rebels”.

Syria has been gripped with a massive insurgency fueled from several sources from outside the country such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel, United States and several of its Western allies.