Egypt, Syria and Sudan have agreed on a unified political command and pledged to make the Red Sea an area free from international conflict.
GV Aircraft taxiing in Khartoum, Sudan.
CU President Nimieri of Sudan walks forward.
SV President Sadat and president Assad out of plane followed by other officials.
CU President Nimieri greeting delegates. (2 shots)
SV President Sadat and President Assad meet local officials.
LV AND CU Guard of Honour.
LV AND CU (Left to Right) Sadat, Nimieri and Assad on rostrum.
SV PAN Group walk away from airport tarmac.
GV President Nimieri's residence.
SV (Left to Right) Sadat, Nimieri and Assad enter conference room. (2 shots)
LV AND CU Heads of State seated around conference table with other officials. 3 shots)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The leaders are also aiming to steer the Red Sea "away from world disputes and pressures which could jeopardise and endanger the security and stability of the area." Arab concern over Red Sea security has been increased by recent reports of alleged military cooperation between Israel and Sudan's southern neighbour, Ethiopia.
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Background: Egypt, Syria and Sudan have agreed on a unified political command and pledged to make the Red Sea an area free from international conflict. The decisions were announced on Monday (28 February) after a two-day meeting of Presidents Anwar Sadat of Egypt, Hafez Al-Assad of Syria and Jaafar Nimieri of Sudan.
SYNOPSIS: The heads of state arrived in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, on Sunday (27 February). They were met at the airport by president Nimieri. As well as joint security, the three leaders also discussed the latest Middle East peace efforts.
After the talks the leaders called on the United Nations Security Council to continue its role in the Middle East and shoulder its responsibilities under the U.N. charter. They stressed the importance of the Geneva Middle East peace conference and said the United States and the Soviet Union should stand firmly against what they described Israeli manoeuvres to thwart peace efforts in the area. They stressed the Palestine Liberation organisation must take part in discussions.
On the unified political command issue, the leaders said joint committees will be set up to draft policies in constitutional affairs, defence, national security, foreign affairs, economy, finance, education, culture and administration.
The three heads of state said full Arab unity is a strategic goal and they reaffirmed that all military and economic means would be used to liberate Arab territories and restore the rights of the Palestine people if Israel continued "putting obstacles to obstruct political efforts to realise a just and permanent peace."