A top-level delegation from the Sudan arrived in Peking on December 16 as Uganda threatened to take action against Sudanese forces allegedly fighting secessionists on their common border.
A top-level delegation from the Sudan arrived in Peking on December 16 as Uganda threatened to take action against Sudanese forces allegedly fighting secessionists on their common border. The visit had been scheduled for earlier this year--but was postponed following the abortive communist-backed coup in Khartoum in July, after which several Moscow-aligned communists were executed. Leading the delegation was Vice-President and Defence Minister Major-General Khalid Abbas.
SYNOPSIS: A high-level Sudanese delegation arrived in Peking recently for a visit which had been postponed earlier this year following the abortive communist backed coup in the Sudan. Leading the thirteen-man delegation, was Vice-President and Defence Minister Major-General Khalid Abbas. They were welcomed at the airport by Military Commission Vice-Chairman Mr. Yeh Chien-ying and Acting Foreign Minister Mr. Chi Peng-fei. The delegation arrived in the Chinese capital as Uganda was threatening to take action against Sudanese troops along their common border.
Since the abortive communist-backed court in Khartoum in July, the Sudan and the People's Republic of China have maintained close relations. The attempted coup resulted in the executions of several Moscow-aligned communists.
At the airport the delegation--where members were fur hats provided to these by the Chinese--was given a rousing welcome by thousands of young people and members of the People's Liberation Army. The visitors were scheduled to attend a banquet the following day in Peking's Great Hall of the People, hosted by Prime Minister Chou En Lai. Official talks during their stay were expected to cover several current world issues, especially those affecting Africa and the Arab world--and almost certainly the current threat to the Sudan from across the Uganda, border.