In Egypt, President Anwar Sadat met the Presidents of Sudan and Somalia on Monday (8 May) in two rounds of talks in Alexandria.
INTERIOR MV: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat seated on terrace of King Maryout Rest House PAN TO President Jarfar Nimeiri of Sudan TO Egyptian Vice-President Hosny Mubarek.
MV: Sadat PAN TO Nimeiri.
MV: Nimeiri and Sadat seated talking.
CU: President Sadat PAN TO President Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia talking in same location.
CU: President Barre.
MV: Sadat and Barre seated talking.
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Background: In Egypt, President Anwar Sadat met the Presidents of Sudan and Somalia on Monday (8 May) in two rounds of talks in Alexandria. With President Jarfar Nimeiri of Sudan he discussed ways of solving inter-Arab differences following his peace overtures to Israel. Later, he discussed African and Arab affairs with President Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat's meeting with President Nimeiri was the second in 10 days. The Sudanese President returned to Egypt after visiting Syria and Iraq, two of the countries most bitterly opposed to Mr. Sadat's peace overtures to Israel. President Nimeiri has been entrusted by the Arab League with patching up the split in the Arab world caused by the Egyptian leader's visit to Israel in November. The Sudanese leader has been asked to convene an Arab reconciliation summit.
The two Presidents say they are prepared for a summit, but Syria says Mr. Sadat must first denounce the peace initiative and admit its failure.
Later Mr. Sadat played host to another leader, President Mohamed Siad Barre of Somalia who was on a two-day visit for talks with the Egyptian leader. During the meeting, the Somalia and Egyptian leaders discussed the situation in Africa, especially in the Horn, where, until recently, Somalia has been in conflict with Ethiopia over the disputed Ogaden region. They also discussed topics on the agenda for the Organisation of African Unity summit meeting in Khartoum in July.