Sudan's President Jaafar el Nimeiry ended a week-long official visit to Nigeria on Wednesday (29 August, 1973) in which he held wide-ranging talks with Nigeria's Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon.
Sudan's President Jaafar el Nimeiry ended a week-long official visit to Nigeria on Wednesday (29 August, 1973) in which he held wide-ranging talks with Nigeria's Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon. Their discussions covered the Middle East, the Somalia-Ethiopia border conflict and bilateral relations. In a joint communique, the two leaders announced the concluding of a cultural, scientific and technical cooperation agreement to examine trade, air, telecommunications and possible rail links between their two countries. They pledged support for African national movements, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) of which General Gowon is Chairman and the United Nations. President Nimeiry invited his host to visit the Sudan "in the near future."
On the final day of his visit, President Nimeiry held a press conference in Lagos, in which he described himself as an outright enemy of the Communist Party, which, he said, was "not geared to the realities of life, especially in Africa." He added that he would never permit the creation of any political party in the Sudan.
On the Middle East crisis, President Nimeiry said the big powers should bring pressure to bear on Israel to return Arab lands, otherwise there would be war.
President Nimeiry left Lagos for Conakry, Guinea, to continue his three-week tour of West Africa.
SYNOPSIS: At State house in Lagos on Wednesday, President Jaafar el Nimeiry of the Sudan held a press conference, at the conclusion of a week-long official visit to Nigeria. He had held extensive talks with General Yakubu Gowon on a wide range of topics, concerning Africa and the Middle East.
Answering journalist's questions, President Nimeiry declared himself an enemy of Communism and said he would not allow any political parties in the Sudan. He then turned to the Middle East crisis.