The President of Somalia, Mohamed Sied Barre, returned to Egypt on Friday (2 December) for more talks with President Anwar Sadat.
The President of Somalia, Mohamed Sied Barre, returned to Egypt on Friday (2 December) for more talks with President Anwar Sadat. It was their second meeting in five days, as the Somali leader conti??? his tour of Arab countries. President Barre has been discussing with the various leaders the current Arab divisions over the Middle East, and the political situation on the Horn of Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The Somali leader started his Middle East shuttle last Sunday, (27 November) and, as well as Egypt, has had talks in Aden, Sudan, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. He was greeted at Cairo airport by Egypt's Vice- President, Muhammad Hosni Mubarak, and Prime Minister, Mamduh Muhammad Salem. President Sadat had been away from Cairo for a week in the Suez Canal region, but he returned to the Egyptian capital for talks.
Before going to meet the Egyptian leader, however, President Barre joined Mr. Mubarek in inspecting a guard of honour.
These formalities over, Mr. Mubarek escorted the Somali leader across the tarmac to a waiting helicopter, for the journey to President Sadat's residence at Barrage.
The earlier round of talks between the two leaders (28 November) had been in Ismailia. Then, they had discussed the Soviet Union's increasing involvement in the Horn of Africa. And African developments were again on the agenda. Since Somalia scrapped its friendship treaty with the Soviet Union two weeks ago, and expelled its advisers, President Barre has been looking to Middle East neighbours, particularly Saudi Arabia, for military aid, and financial support. According to Reuters, he is concerned about the support the Soviet Union is giving Ethiopia, and is hoping for Arab backing