Sudan's President, Jaafar Nimeiri has been touring Arab countries in an effort to restore Arab solidarity following the rift caused by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's Middle East peace initiative late last year with Israel.
MV: Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri descends from aircraft and is greeted by Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan. (2 SHOTS)
MV: Mr. Nimeiri greeted by officials. (2 SHOTS)
MV: Sheikh Zaid and President Nimeiri walk from plane and greet officials. (4 SHOTS)
MV: Two leaders seated with other Arab officials looking on (2 SHOTS)
MV: Sheikh Zaid and Mr. Nimeiri enter room and say farewells.
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Background: Sudan's President, Jaafar Nimeiri has been touring Arab countries in an effort to restore Arab solidarity following the rift caused by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's Middle East peace initiative late last year with Israel. On Saturday (3 June), he arrived in the United Arab Emirate state of Abu Dhabi.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiri flew into Abu Dhabi from Oman, for a brief one-day visit to discuss the benefits of Arab unity. He was greeted at the airport by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) President, Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan Al-Nahayan.
This is President Nimeiri's second Arab tour since March, when the Arab League appointed him chairman of a committee set up to resolve all Arab differences. The rift in the Arab world followed Egypt's peace talks with Israel, which lead to the establishment of an Arab rejection front headed by Iraq and Libya. Reuter report that President Nimeiri's talks with Arab leaders have so far been successful. And there is growing optimism over prospects of restored solidarity, and possibly, a full Arab summit meeting in the near future.
Later reports indicated his talks with Sheikh Zaid were successful. Reuter said Sheikh Zaid had supported suggestions that the Arab rift should be healed as soon as possible. He said he was willing to attend an Arab summit meeting bringing together President Sadat, and members of the hard-line Arab Rejection Front, who opposed him. The leaders of Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the Yemen Arab Republic have also supported reconciliation moves.