Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday (17 March) for talks with United Arab Emirates' President Sheikh Zain Bin Sultan al-Nahayan.
SV PULL BACK TO Sudanese aircraft parked before rostrum with Sudanese and United Arab Emirates flags on top
SV Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri and delegation descending aircraft steps greeted by officials including Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan al-Nahayan, President of United Arab Emirates
SV Flags on rostrum PULL BACK TO GV Nimeiri and officials walking towards it
SV Nimeiri and Zaid listening to national anthem ZOOM INTO CU & SCU PAN TO Nimeiri PULL BACK TO SV two men on rostrum
GV Both men inspect guard of honour (2 shots)
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Background: Sudanese President Jaafar Nimeiri arrived in Abu Dhabi on Monday (17 March) for talks with United Arab Emirates' President Sheikh Zain Bin Sultan al-Nahayan. The Sudanese leader earlier held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Khalid and Crown Prince Fahd. He flew to Qatar on Wednesday (19 March) to complete a week long tour of the Gulf States.
SYNOPSIS: Two issues dominate Sudan's relations with her partners in the Arab League -- Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Egyptian treaty. The importance of President Nimeiri's three day official visit to the United Arab Emirates was emphasised by the warm personal greeting from Sheikh Zaid at the airport. President Nimeiri was accompanied by Foreign Minister El Rasheed El-Tahir and other senior officials. Before the two leaders left for the Al Mushirif Palace, the visitors were accorded a twenty-one gun salute.
Official sources said the meeting was part of continuing bilateral consultation on Arab affairs. President Nimeiri has denounced what he described as the Soviet Union's "War against Islam". The intervention of Soviet troops in Afghanistan has raised fears for the security and sovereignty of the Middle East countries. The Sudanese President warned that without vigilance "another Moslem nation may become the next victim". He stressed the need for Arab solidarity and called for renewed initiatives to meet the threat to the Middle East, the Gulf and to Africa. On the Egyptian issue, President Nimeiri described Sudan's role as conciliatory.
Sudan rejected the economic sanctions imposed against Egypt at the Baghdad summit last year (1979), and refused to sever political relations. But she remains dependent on Guld oil and economic support, and recently agreed to withdraw her Ambassador to Cairo.