A Sudanese pharmaceutical factory the United States destroyed last month could have been used to make chemical weapons, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview published Wednesday.

Mubarak's comments in the government-run Al-Ahram newspaper are the first by an Arab leader supporting the Clinton administration's claim that Sudan was using the plant for military purposes."We know that this plant was for medicine but it is possible that it produced agents that are used in manufacturing chemical weapons," Mubarak said.

Relations between Egypt and Sudan have been cold since Mubarak survived a 1995 assassination attempt in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Egypt said Sudan was behind the attempt and that it is harboring the attackers.