The President of Somalia, Mohamed Siad Berre, had talks with Sudanese President Jaafar Mohamed Nimeiri in Khartoum on Tuesday (29 November).
SV President Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia shaking hands with ministers in Khartoum, Sudan (2 shots)
SV President Jaafar Mohamed Nimeiri of the Sudan saying farewell to the Somali President
SV Somali President waves from aircraft as Nimeiri and ministers walk away
According to Reuters News Agency, King Khalid also expressed his concern over the influence the Soviet Union is having in the Horn of Africa. After talks in Saudi Arabia, President Barre then flew on to Amman to see King Hussein of Jordan. On Thursday (1 December), President Nimeiri left Khartoum for surprise visit to Saudi Arabia for talks with King Khalid.
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Background: The President of Somalia, Mohamed Siad Berre, had talks with Sudanese President Jaafar Mohamed Nimeiri in Khartoum on Tuesday (29 November). The two presidents met for two hours to discuss the current Middle East crises, the situation in the Horn of Africa and the Soviet Union's growing influence in the region.
SYNOPSIS: President Barre left the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Sunday for a Middle East tour which included stops in Aden and Egypt, before touching down in Khartoum. In Egypt, President Barre had agreed with President Anwar Sadat that the Soviet Union is threatening the security of the area around the Horn of Africa. And Soviet influence was high on the agenda in his talks with President Nimeiri. The Sudan News Agency, reporting on the talks, quoted President Nimeiri's office as saying the two leaders believed that the Soviet Union's aim is domination over the African continent.
Last month Somalia scrapped its friendship treaty with the Soviet Union, and expelled its advisers after the Russians had started helping Ethiopia in the Ogaden war. And this was one of the reasons why President Barre was going on to Saudi Arabia from Khartoum. He was hoping for military aid and financial support from King Khalid.