• Short Summary

    THE IMAM AL-HADI AL-MAHDI OF THE SUDAN HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE AT HIS HOTEL IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) AT THE END OF A PRIVATE VISIT TO BRITAIN.

  • Description


    KENSINGTON PALACE HOTEL, AND THE IMAM AL-HADI AL-MAHDI BEING INTERVIEWED (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "YOUR EXCELLENCY, COULD YOU TELL US SOMETHING OF THE EXISTING SUDANESE FOREIGN POLICY, IN RELATION TO THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND EVENTS IN AREAS OF SOUTH EAST SUDAN?"



    AL MAHDI: "WE, BEING MEMBERS OF THE ARAB LEAGUE, AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF (THE ORGANISATION OF) ARAB UNITY--WE BELIEVE THAT THIS THING, REGIONAL COMMITMENTS, MAKE US RESPOND TO THE NATIONAL PROBLEMS OF THESE COUNTRIES WHETHER THEY ARE ARAB COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST OR THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES IN AFRICA."



    QUESTION: "SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST SITUATION, DO YOU SEE THE DISPUTE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HER ARAB NEIGHBOURS AS RACE, ECONOMICS OR PERHAPS RELIGION?"



    AL MAHDI: "IT IS NEITHER RACE NOR ECONOMICS NOR RELIGION. THE PROBLEM IS ACTUALLY AN AGGRESSION PROBLEM OF ISRAEL TRYING TO HAVE AREAS, TERRITORIES, TAKEN BY FORCE FROM THE ARAB COUNTRIES--AND THIS IS WRONG. THE ARABS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHERISH THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND LIBERTY AND FOR THIS THEY HAVE TO DEFEND THEIR LAND."



    QUESTION: "ARE THERE ANY SITUATIONS IN EASTERN OR SOUTHERN AFRICA THAT ARE OF URGENT CONCERN TO YOUR COUNTRY, AND WHICH YOU PERSONALLY AS THE SUPREME LEADER OF THE MUSLIM PARTY, ARE CONCERNED?"



    AL MAHDI: "WELL, ACTUALLY NONE. BECAUSE WE HAVE GOT GOOD RELATIONS WITH ALL OUR BORDERING SISTER COUNTRIES IN AFRICA AND WE OF COURSE AS AN INDEPENDENT NATION DO NOT (INDISTINCT) CREATES ANY PROBLEMS TO ANY BORDERING COUNTRY."




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    Background: THE IMAM AL-HADI AL-MAHDI OF THE SUDAN HELD A NEWS CONFERENCE AT HIS HOTEL IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) AT THE END OF A PRIVATE VISIT TO BRITAIN. HE SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO SAY THAT RELATIONS BETWEEN THE SUDAN AND BRITAIN WERE AT THEIR BEST "DUE TO SINCERE EFFORTS BY BOTH THOSE SUDANESE AND BRITISH WHO HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN A GENUINE AND FRUITFUL FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES."
    THE IMAM WAS ASKED BY A VISNEWS STAFF JOURNALIST....

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    Film ID:
    VLVADVUZDBDQSUJY0ONY6SPOSFD4Q
    Media URN:
    VLVADVUZDBDQSUJY0ONY6SPOSFD4Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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