President Jaafar Nimeiri of Sudan is touring several Middle East countries in an effort to reconcile Arab differences, and to prepare the way for a summit conference.
President Jaafar Nimeiri of Sudan is touring several Middle East countries in an effort to reconcile Arab differences, and to prepare the way for a summit conference. Arab solidarity split when President Anwar Sadat of Egypt went to Israel to initiate peace talks. This move drew bitter criticism from Iraq, Syria, the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Algeria, and South Yemen, and Egypt swiftly broke off relations with the five countries.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiri made Egypt the starting point for his reconciliation tour. He arrived at the Ras Eltine Palace in Alexandria last Wednesday (3 May) for two days of talks with President Sadat. The Sudanese leader, with his first priority the healing of the breach between Syria and Egypt, told President Sadat he hoped to hold an Arab summit conference within eight weeks.
President Nimeiri heads the 22-member Arab League Council, and has offered to be host in Khartoum for a meeting. Egypt has no objection, but, shortly before the Sudanese leader departed to begin second-leg talks in Damascus, the Syrian Government newspaper took an unpromising line. It announced that, unless Mr. Sadat declared the failure of his policy towards Israel, and rejoined Arab ranks, the ingredients for a fully-fledged Arab meeting would still be missing. President Sadat, however, repeated his readiness to meet other leaders: