The Sudanese President, Jaafar Mohamed el-Nimeiry, left Khartoum yesterday (8 June) for his first visit to the United States since he came to power in 1969.
The Sudanese President, Jaafar Mohamed el-Nimeiry, left Khartoum yesterday (8 June) for his first visit to the United States since he came to power in 1969. On his way, he made a stop in Egypt for talks on the Middle East situation.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiry was greeted at Cairo Airport by the Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat. The visit came on the same day as an emergency meeting in the Egyptian capital of Arab league Foreign Ministers. It was called to discuss what the League's Secretary-General, Mahmoud Riad, described as the deteriorating situation in Lebanon.
The Sudanese President took the opportunity of discussing Lebanon during his short stop. After the airport welcoming ceremony he went straight to the Kubbeh Palace for talks with President Sadat. The Middle East is expected to be one of the main points for discussion between President Nimeiry and President Gerald Ford in the United States. He will also be exploring the possibility of using American science and technology for Sudanese development. During his stay, President Nimeiry will meet the United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim and Robert McNamara, President of the World Bank.
The Sudanese leader is accompanied by his Ministers of Finance, Education, Industry and Transport. The Sudanese Foreign Minister, Mahjoub Mekkawi, is attending the Arab League meeting which was convened at the request of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. The PLO have accused Syria of attempting to wipe out the Palestinian presence in Lebanon and fierce fighting was reported on Tuesday between the two sides. Left wing Lebanese forces claimed they twice repulsed a Syrian attack on Sidon, 18 miles south of Beirut. President Sadat was believed to have briefed President Nimeiry on the Arab League meeting, before the two men returned to Cairo Airport. After his two week stay int he United States, President Nimeiry will return to Sudan via France, where he will meet the French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.