Blair to Visit Sudan

According to a recent release from Xinhuanet, British Prime Minister Tony Blair will pay an official visit to Sudan on Wednesday:

'During the one-day official visit, Blair will hold talks with Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir and First Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, Sudanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nageeb Al-Khair Abdul-Wahab said in a press statement.

Abdul-Wahab said that Blair's talks with the Sudanese leadership would concentrate on bilateral relations and the peace process in Sudan, particularly negotiations between the government and rebels in the south and west parts of the country. Welcoming the visit, Abdul-Wahab described it as an opportunity for consultations between Blair and the Sudanese government and obtaining first hand information on Darfur.

"The visit will be helpful for Britain, an important part in international relations, to obtain a clear picture on Darfur as well as the views of the Sudanese government," the Sudanese official added.'

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