INTRODUCTION: Sudan's Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Bona Malwal, told newsmen in Kenya on?
SV: Sudan's Minister of Information and culture, Bona Malwal speaking in English.
Relations between the Soviet Union and Sudan deteriorated following an abortive Communist-led coup in 1971 and have never recovered. In Ethiopia, since the over-throw of Haile Selassie in 1974, the government has moved politically towards the left.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: MALWAL: "Their presence has ceased to be of any use to us. I think you know the Soviet personnel, military personnel came to the Sudan at the time the Sudanese army was using Soviet equipment. We are no longer using this. We are no longer buying arms from the Soviet Union. We do not get the spare parts for the equipment that we have already bought from them, which renders the equipment really redundant and useless as far as the army is concerned and so we are looking elsewhere for an outlet to arms supplied to our army and it seems only reasonable that the people that we cannot make use of should leave our country. That is ??? that.
REPORTER: "Does that have anything to do with the increasing support of the Soviet Union for Somalia and Ethiopia?"
MALWAL: "Well we don't have any problem with Somalia. As you know Somalia is a sisterly and very friendly country to us. There is of course a particular situation in relation to Soviet attitude in Ethiopia, in as far as this threatens the security, the internal security of the Sudan and we have said this publicly, that if the Soviets presence in Ethiopia is intended to undermine the internal security of the Sudan, then we take a very serious view of that and again this is entirely left to Ethiopia to take note on the fact that we will not take easy any collusion between the Soviet Union and Ethiopia that would undermine the internal security of the Sudan."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Sudan's Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Bona Malwal, told newsmen in Kenya on Friday (20 May) that his government had expelled a number of Soviet military experts because they were of no further use, sine Sudanese forces had ceased using Soviet equipment. On Thursday (19 May) between 90 and 100 Soviet experts and their families left the country after President Jaafar al-Nimeiri told the Soviet Union that his government no longer wanted their services. Mr Malwal was speaking at the Sudanese Embassy in Nairobi.