The Nigerian Head of State Brigadier-General Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday (23 October) on a three-day official visit.
GV President Major-General Jaafar Mohamed Nimeiry of Sudan walking across tarmac with official welcoming party at Khartoum Airport.
SV Nigerian Head of State Brigadier-General Olusegun Obasanjo walking down aircraft steps and being greeted by President Nimeiry.
SV General Obasanjo shaking hands along line of officials.
SV Troops present arms in guard of honour.
SV President Nimeiry and General Obasanjo inspect guard of honour.
General Obasanjo met the British Prime Minister James Callaghan last month in the northern Nigerian city of Kano for talks on Rhodesia and the Namibian issue. The Nigerian leader is due to meeting his fellow mediators in the conflict in Western Sahara, President Nimeiry, Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere, President Felix Houphoet-Boigny and Guinea's President Ahmed Sekou Toure for talks on a possible peace formula within the next few months.
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Background: The Nigerian Head of State Brigadier-General Olusegun Obasanjo arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday (23 October) on a three-day official visit. General Obasanjo led a high-level Nigerian delegation and was expected to hold talks with Sudanese President Major-General Jaafar Mohamed Nimeiry on the continued conflict in several African countries.
SYNOPSIS: President Nimeiry and members of his cabinet were at Khartoum Airport to greet the Nigerian leader. His discussions with General Obasanjo were expected to centre upon the war in Rhodesia and the constitutional future of Namibia. (South West Africa). The two leaders were also to review the situation in West and Central Africa. As Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), President Nimeiry has been closely involved in recent attempts to find solutions to the conflicts in the Western Sahara and Chad. Nigeria played an important role in the debate of these issue during the OAU summit conference in Khartoum last July.
Nigeria has been chosen by the OAU as one of several mediators including Sudan, in the conflict in the Western Sahara, where Algerian backed guerrillas are fighting for independence against Mauritanian and Moroccan troops. General Obasanjo has also been designated one of the guarantors of the tentative peace treaty in Chad between Libyan-backed rebels and the government.