Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri arrived in Cairo on Sunday (23 October). He was to have?
Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri arrived in Cairo on Sunday (23 October). He was to have talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and to take part in an historic joint session of the Egyptian and Sudanese parliaments.
SYNOPSIS: With Sudan and Egypt sharing a common border, this was a case of neighbour calling upon neighbour.
President Nimeiri is now a veteran statesman, having led his country since he and a group of military officers and civilians seized power in 1969.
Presidents Nimeiri and Sadat were expected, soon after the Sudanese leader's arrival, to present plans for further economic and political integration of their two countries. Egypt and Sudan signed an initial integration agreement, covering these two areas, in 1974, and concluded a joint defence pact last year.
The two leaders will both address the first-ever joint session of the Egyptian and Sudanese parliaments. Lasting six days, the session has been described as a first step in 'the codification of the two countries' relationship'. President Sadat has called the session an historic turning point. The 350 Egyptian and 260 Sudanese members of parliament will discuss laws allowing dual nationality and the free movement of workers.