As the Arab world mourned for President Nasser of Egypt, thousands of Sudanese gathered in Khartoum to pay their last respects to the leader of their northern neighbour.
GV procession headed by motorcyclists
MV & SV band (2 shots)
MV & SV mourners carrying banners and pictures (3 shots)
MV & SV mourners on bus chanting and banging drums (2 shots)
GV demonstrators with giant-sized picture of Nasser (2 shots)
MV & SV mourners chanting and waving (4 shots)
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Background: As the Arab world mourned for President Nasser of Egypt, thousands of Sudanese gathered in Khartoum to pay their last respects to the leader of their northern neighbour.
A procession wound its way through Khartoum on Thursday (October 1) at the same time as President Nasser's body was being taken to its resting place in Egypt. The Sudanese Head of State, Major-General Jaafar Nimeiry, was representing his country in Cairo but had nominated Ministers to represent him at the Khartoum procession.
Sudan has always had close ties with Egypt and these have become even stronger since the military coup in Khartoum in May, 1969.
Thursday's demonstration of grief in Khartoum was not as intense as the unprecedented scenes in Cairo but Sudanese sincerely mourned an Arab leader who they felt had done much to rid his country and the Arab world of foreign influences.