Sudan's President Jaafar Nimeiri arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday (7 June), hoping to reconcile Arab differences over Middle East peace policies.
Sudan's President Jaafar Nimeiri arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday (7 June), hoping to reconcile Arab differences over Middle East peace policies. President Nimeiri flew in from Jordan on the last leg of a tour of Arab capitals, his second in a month.
SYNOPSIS: The Sudanese leader arrived at Amman airport in Jordan on Tuesday (6 June) for talks with King Hussein and other Jordanian leaders. It was another stop in his tour of Middle Eastern capitals on behalf of the Arab League. The President was hoping to persuade Arab leaders to attend a summit conference aimed at restoring Arab solidarity.
King Hussein brought President Nimeiri up-to-date on Jordan's position on current Arab affairs. The two leaders also discussed bilateral relations, and President Nimeiri then toured Jordan;s army headquarters where he was briefed on the military situation.
This was President Nimeiri's second tour of Middle Eastern states in a month. In May, he visited Egypt and Syria, the main Arab protagonists, during a six-nation trip that apparently failed to convince Arab hardliners of the desirability of tetting together with President Anwar Sadat. The Syrian government has refused to accept repeated assurances that Egypt will never make a separate peace agreement with Israel.
King Hussein, has been on the Jordanian throne for more than 25 years, and has survived numerous challenges to his leadership. But the London 'Financial Times' recently suggested that the King's role as "the most indentifiable hate target for other Arab states" has now been taken over by President Sadat since his visit to Jerusalem last November. President Nimeiri has already said that he hopes an Arab peace conference might take place in early. July and he has offered the Sudanese capital of Khartoum as a venue. Following his visit to Jordan, President Nimeiri flew to Saudi Arabia for talks with King Khaled on that last leg of his tour.