The President of the vast African country, the Sudan, has asked for American military aid.?
The President of the vast African country, the Sudan, has asked for American military aid. President Ja'afar Mohamed Nimeiry, who last week expelled 70 Soviet military advisers, made the request to American ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young. Mr Young was among hundreds of visitors in Khartoum on Tuesday (24 May) taking part in celebrations marking the anniversary of the revolution and the inauguration of President Nimeiry for a second term of office.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiry led the parade marking the eighth anniversary of the revolution which brought him to power. Delegations from 25 countries attended the anniversary along with representatives of all foreign embassies in Khartoum, with the exception of the Soviet Union.
President Nimeiry has been making it plain of late that he no longer wants a close relationship with the Soviet Union. Last week he expelled 70 Soviet military advisers. More than half of Sudan's military equipment, branded out-dated by the President, it Russian. The Sudanese leader has asked the Russians to reduce the size of their embassy staff in Khartoum, saying that it is three times as large as the next biggest diplomatic contingent from Egypt. At the same time, President Nimeiry is welcoming a strengthening of relations with the United States. Most black African nations were represented at the parade including the Somalian Assistant Head of State.
Representing Uganda was Field Marshal Idi Amin's Vice-President General Mustapha Adrisi. The march past was a colourful display of Sudan's military and work force. Schoolchildren joined in the procession which was also watched by Egyptian Prime Minister Mamduh Salem.
To mark the occasion, which was also the day President Nimeiry was inaugurated for a second term of office, 243 prisoners were due to be released. The Sudanese leader was reinstated for a four-year term following a plebiscite in which he received 99 per cent of the votes.
In a 90-minute address at an inauguration ceremony in the Sudan national Assembly, President Nimeiry said Soviet influence in neighbouring Ethiopia posed a serious threat. He did not identify the Soviet Union by name, referring to "the presence of foreign power" which he said he was bound to attract a counteracting foreign power. It was in talks with Andrew Young the same day, that President Nimeiry requested American military equipment.