Egypt's President Anwar Sadat returned to Cairo on Saturday (26 May) after attending the 10th summit conference of the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Egypt's President Anwar Sadat returned to Cairo on Saturday (26 May) after attending the 10th summit conference of the Organisation for African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was met at the airport by former Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud Fawzy and other government officials.
Before leaving Addis Ababa, the Egyptian leader held talks with several African leaders on the Middle East issue. According to the Middle East News Agency, President Sadat had a 90-minute working breakfast with Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiry. He also conferred with Presidents Leopold Senghor of Senegal, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, William Tolbert of Liberia, and Tunisian Foreign Minister Mohammed Mesmoudi.
The meeting were held primarily to discuss these leaders' attitudes to the Middle East crisis and the adoption of a unified African position during next month's United Nation's Security Council debate on the Middle East.
The meeting between President Sadat and President Nimeiry is seen as a first step in improving relations between their two countries. Relations between Egypt and Sudan deteriorated sharply last year when President Nimeiry resumed relations with the United States.