Egyptian President Anwar flew to the Sudan on Saturday (7 January) for talks on his Middle East peace initiative with President Jaafar Nimeiri.
Egyptian President Anwar flew to the Sudan on Saturday (7 January) for talks on his Middle East peace initiative with President Jaafar Nimeiri. Of all the Arab leaders, president Nimeiri is the one who has consistently and openly backed Egypt's talks with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiri was at Khartoum airport to greet the Egyptian head of state, and his wife Jihan.
It was President Sadat's first trip outside Egypt since his historic visit to Jerusalem last November.
Egypt and the Sudan have close political and economic ties, and between them represent two-thirds of the Arab world.
An estimated crowd of 15,000 lined the streets as the two presidents travelled to the People's Palace, where the talks were held. President Sadat said later that he had been deeply touched by the welcome he had received from the Sudanese people.
The two leaders discussed a wide range of subjects.
President Sadat briefed the Sudanese head of state on his recent talks with United States President Jimmy Carter. They also discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa.
During the visit President Sadat had strong words for the radical Arab leaders who oppose his peace dialogue with Israel. At a news conference, he attacked what he called the Rejection Front and labelled Algerian President Houari Boumedienne as another Gadaffi, of the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Muammar Al-Gadaffi.
President Nimeiri again emphasised his support for Egypt.
This Sudanese leader recalled his visit toe Cairo last November to congratulate President Sadat on his mission to Jerusalem. He called the Egyptian leader's trip a victory, and at the time referred to it as a source of pride for the Arab world. He has consistently rejected Arab criticism of President Sadat and described the anti-Sadat conference in Tripoli as trifling.
Speaking in Khartoum last month President Nimeiri said the Tripoli meeting was based on slogans and agitation. and did not produce a substitute for what Egypt had presented to the Arab world.