Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia arrived in Khartoum on Friday (31 December) to begin a four-day state visit to the Sudan.
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia arrived in Khartoum on Friday (31 December) to begin a four-day state visit to the Sudan. The date marks the 16th anniversary of the Sudan's independence. The Emperor was met at Khartoum airport by Sudanese President Jaafar el-Nimeiry. The two leaders will be holding talks aboard a Nile cruiser early next week which will be an extension of the discussion they had in Addis Ababa early last month when President Nimeiry was on a six-day visit to Ethiopia.
SYNOPSIS: An Ethiopian airliner taxied into Khartoum on Friday...with Emperor Haile Selassie aboard.
A guard of honour presented arms as the plane stopped.
The Emperor left the aircraft to be greeted by Sudanese President Jaafar el-Nimeiry at whose invitation he was making the trip....a four-day state visit to the Sudan. A number of advisors accompanied the Emperor on the visit.
During his stay, the Emperor will attend celebrations marking the 16th anniversary of the Sudan's independence... which was in fact on Friday. The Emperor will also be holding talks with the Sudanese President boards a Nile cruiser early next week. The talks are an extension of discussions in Addis Ababa early last month. Then, President Nimeiry was on a six-day state visit to Ethiopia. During his visit, the Emperor and President Nimeiry will attend a youth festival in honour of the Sudan's independence day and will visit a number of Khartoum's national sights. The Emperor will also be attending the opening session of the Sudan Socialist Union General Congress. (PAUSE) At a dinner in the Emperor's honour on Friday night, President Nimeiry told the Emperor that Ethiopia's preservation of her freedom and dignity had been a shining example to Africans who suffer even today from colonialism and racial discrimination. In reply, the Emperor said that African states and freedom-loving countries were duty bound to continue to assist nationalist movements in Rhodesia. He said that some progress had been made towards liberation from colonial rule--but evils still existed.