INTRODUCTION: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has been in Sudan on a two-day official visit.
GV & SV Aircraft taxies in and President Nimeiri steps forward (2 shots)
SV President Sadat and wife come down aircraft steps, and are greeted with flowers (2 shots)
SV Two Presidents across tarmac
GV Photographs of presidents
SV PAN Sudanese General taking salute as troops march past
SV Two presidents and Mrs. Sadat seated as troops march past (3 shots)
LV & CU Tanks driving past (3 shots)
GV INT Audience in hall standing and chanting as Nimeiri and Sadat walk onto platform and take seats (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has been in Sudan on a two-day official visit. It was President Sadat's first visit to another Arab country since signing the peace treaty -- the Camp David accords -- with Israel two years ago.
SYNOPSIS: Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri was at the airport on Sunday (24 May) to greet the Egyptian leader, who had come for celebrations of the 12th anniversary of President Nimeiri's coming to power.
However, the visit had deeper significance -- it was the first time the two leaders have met since they restored diplomatic ties.
Full relations between the neighbouring countries were only re-established last March, when Sudan sent an ambassador to Cairo.
Relations had cooled markedly in 1979 after the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli treaty. At that time, President Nimeiri sided firmly with most other Arab countries in condemning Egypt's peace-making moves.
Both countries have revived their commitment to a mutual defence pact, originally signed seven years ago. President Nimeiri has turned to the Egyptians since Libya's involvement in Chad. This issue was high on the list of topics for discussion.
The visit also gave the two leaders a chance to discuss mutual economic and technical co-operation. In addition, the Sudanese leader issued a call for an Arab summit conference to resolve differences with Egypt. President Sadat accepted the invitation.