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    The Indian President, Mr. Kakhruddin Ali Ahmed, arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on sunday?

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    The Indian President, Mr. Kakhruddin Ali Ahmed, arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on sunday (7 December) at the start of a five-day official visit to Sudan.

    Accompanied by his wife, the Begum Abida Ahmed, the President was greeted at Khartoum airport by his Sudanese counterpart, President jaffar Mohammed Nimeiry and was accorded a full ceremonial welcome.

    President Ahmed told newsmen that during his visit he expected to hold a series of discussions with President Nimeiry. Their talks, he said, would cover a number of issues including bilateral relations, the problems of non-aligned nations and the proposed conference of non-aligned states due to take place in Sri Lanka next year.

    Until recently, India has been one of Sudan's main trading partners, but Sudanese exports to India have dropped off since 1970.

    On Monday -- the second day of his visit -- the Indian President was scheduled to visit the city of Juba, capital of the Sudan's southern region, to attend a special session of the regional People's Assembly.

    SYNOPSIS: India's President, Mr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Sunday, at the start of a five-day official visit.

    At the airport, the Indian leader was greeted by his host, Sudanese President Jaffar Mohammed Nimeiry. President Ahmed's wife, the Begum Abida Ahmed Watched with Lady Buthaina, President Nimeiry's wife, as the Indian visitor met Sudanese government officials. It's the first time President Ahmed's visited Sudan since his election in August last year.

    During his visit, President Ahmed will hold talks with President Nimeiry on bilateral relations and the problems of non-aligned nations. They'll also discuss next year's non-aligned conference, due to be held in Sri Lanka.

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