Egyptian FM Meets with Sudanese Rebel Leader ahead of US Delegation's Visit

Published November 18th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher met Saturday with Sudanese National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leader Mohammed Othman Al Merghani, ahead of a Sunday visit to Cairo by the US envoy to Sudan and a congressional delegation, the daily Al Gomhuria reported.  

The meeting came as part of Egypt’ contacts with the various Sudanese camps within the framework of the Egyptian-Libyan initiative to end their neighbor's 18-year civil war. 

“I requested Mr. Maher to convey to President Mubarak our appreciation and gratitude for his efforts to achieve concord in Sudan within the framework of the Egyptian-Libyan initiative. We also expressed our appreciation to the Libyan leader Muammar Al Kadhafi,” Merghani told reporters after the meeting. 

Meanwhile, AFP reported that the US special envoy to Sudan and a congressional delegation were expected Sunday in Cairo for meetings with senior Egyptian officials, a US embassy source said Saturday. 

Former senator John Danforth, named at the beginning of September as the US special envoy, will also meet with Sudanese opposition officials, the source said without elaborating. 

The NDA, a coalition of northern and southern opposition movements, is headed by Mirghani who is based in Cairo. 

Danforth, who is leading the delegation, will meet with Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi of the Al Azhar institute, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, according to the report. 

The US congressional delegation, headed by California Republican Darrell Issa, member of the House Committee on International Relations, is also expected in Egypt as part of a brief tour of the region, according to the same source. 

This trip, which will include stops in Damascus, Beirut and Tel Aviv, is intended to assess prospects for renewing the peace process in the Middle East – 


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