Sudanese President Gaafar Nimeiri arrived in Ethiopia on Tuesday (18 November) at the start of a six-day official visit.
GV President Gaafar Nimeiri of Sudan walks down aircraft steps at Addis Ababa airport, Ethiopia.
CU Lieutenant-Colonel Comrade Mengistu Haile Miriam walks forward and embraces President Nimeiri.
CU President Nimeiri shaking hands with Ethiopian government officials.
GV Women dancing and singing.
SV President Nimeiri and Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu walk across tarmac and wave to onlookers.
GV Crowd on airport building roof waving.
GV President Nimeiri and Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu in cavalcade drive through streets of Addis Ababa lined with chanting crowds. (4 SHOTS)
SV President Nimeiri and Lieutenant-colonel Mengistu link hands as car crosses square filled with crowds of onlookers.
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Background: Sudanese President Gaafar Nimeiri arrived in Ethiopia on Tuesday (18 November) at the start of a six-day official visit. Talks between President Nimeiri and Ethiopian leaders were expected to concentrate on strengthening bilateral relations, overshadowed in recent years by the guerrilla war in Eritrea.
SYNOPSIS: On his arrival in Addis Ababa, President Nimeiri was greeted by the Ethiopian Head of State, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Miriam, and Provisional Military Council Executive Committee members.
Thousands of people were at the airport to greet the Sudanese leader and the route of the city was lined with crowds. Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu paid an official visit to Sudan earlier this year and the two states have already concluded agreements on trade, communications and refugees.
The war in Eritrea has resulted in more than 400,000 refugees entering sudan. Sudan is also the major source of supplies for the secessionist guerrillas. The Sudanese government has recently tightened border control and moved many Eritrean refugees from border areas to help improve its relations with Ethiopia. But the Eritrean separatist groups, which maintain official representation in Khartoum, have refused to confirm reports that they are no longer receiving aid from Sudan. The guerrillas claim the Ethiopian army suffered severe setbacks in its struggle against the Eritrean secessionists earlier this year, and, over recent months, have concentrated on crushing Somali insurrections in south-eastern Ethiopia.