Sudan's President Ja-'afar Al-Nimeiry toured France's famous Versailles Palace on Wednesday (18 May), as part of his first official visit to the country.
Sudan's President Ja-'afar Al-Nimeiry toured France's famous Versailles Palace on Wednesday (18 May), as part of his first official visit to the country. His tour came as Sudan expelled 90 Soviet military experts serving with its army, and closed the military department of the Soviet embassy in Khartoum.
SYNOPSIS: The Versailles Palace, which was built for Louis the Fourteenth, provided a break for the Sudanese President from his official negotiations. He had several hours of talks with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Political changes in the Horn of Africa played a major part in discussions. After the talks, France and Sudan issued a joint communique in which they said African countries should be allowed to settle their own problems without being subjected to interference from outside the continent. It said this would enable them to concentrate on the priority task of social and economic development
No charge were levelled against any individual countries, but earlier in his visit, President Nimeiry accused the Soviet Union of trying to dominate Africa in "a new form of colonialism". He accused the Soviets of offering arms in the name of aid and dominating countries from within in the name of democracy.