Sudanese Vice-President and Defence Minister General Abdel-Magid Khalil arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday (10 March) for talks with Ethiopian officials on bilateral relations and the Eritrean problem.
GV Sudanese airliner taxiing along runway as Fikre Selassie Wogderes, Secretary-General of PMAC, with Brigadier-General Tesfaye Gebrekidan of PMAC waiting on tarmac (2 shots)
SV Sudanese Vice-President General Abdel magid-Khalil leaves aircraft and is greeted by Wogderes -- both presented with bouquets of flowers by two girls
SV & GV Dancers welcoming Sudanese party and throwing confetti at Abdel magid-Khalil
GV Big crowds at Victory Monument await Abdel Magid-Khalil's arrival as motorcade arrives (2 shots)
SV Crowd claps as Sudanese Vice President acknowledges their reception (2 shots)
SV Crowd watches as magid_Khalil lays wreath at Victory Monument (2 shots)
GV Official party stands to attention as national anthems of two countries played
GV Motorcade arriving at Addis Ababa National Palace, and Wogderes and magid-Khalil enter palace
SV The two men enter palace conference room and are seated
SV & PAN General magid-Khalil seated with other Sudanese officials
GV Delegates seated around conference table
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Background: Sudanese Vice-President and Defence Minister General Abdel-Magid Khalil arrived in Addis Ababa on Monday (10 March) for talks with Ethiopian officials on bilateral relations and the Eritrean problem. It was the first visit by a top level delegation to Ethiopia since the two countries recently agreed to normalise their relations.
SYNOPSIS: General Khalil arrived at Bole International Airport where he was greeted by Captain Fikre-Selassie Wogderes, Secretary-General of the Provisional Military Council, and Brigadier-General Tesfaye Gebrekidan, Defence Minister and Standing Committee Member of the Provisional Military Council. A number of other government officials were present to welcome the delegation, and General Khalil was introduced to members of the Sudanese community living in Addis Ababa.
Relations between Sudan and Ethiopia have been strained because of Sudanese support for Somali-backed secessionist guerrillas in Ethiopia's Red Sea province of Eritrea. Relations worsened when Ethiopian leader Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam came to power five year ago. The current rapprochement could herald an attempt to end the eighteen-year-old Eritrean conflict through negotiation.
General Khalil also holds the position of Sudanese Army Commander. During the morning he laid a wreath at the Victory Monument in Addis Ababa. After the ceremony an Ethiopian army officer made a speech recounting the struggle waged by the Ethiopian army in defence of the country's independence and national dignity.
Last month Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri said Ethiopia was ready to grant Eritrea some kind of autonomy within a united Ethiopia. He also said that he would use his good offices to resolve the Eritrean problem. President Nimeiri and Ethiopian leader Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu have exchanged messages in recent weeks and there has been agreement to co-operate in controlling their joint border.
Apart from the Eritrean issue there are serious political differences between Sudan and Ethiopia. Ethiopia has signed a twenty-year friendship treaty with the Soviet Union, has supported the Soviet move into Afghanistan and has announced its athletes will compete in the Moscow Olympics. Last November a United States Congressional delegation paid a three-day visit to Sudan. The delegation met both President Nimeiri and General Khalil and discussed mutual military and political relations. President Nimeiri has denounced Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. General Khalil met Colonel Mengistu for talks on Tuesday (11 March). He will return to Khartoum on Thursday (13 March)