§ Sir D. Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the result of the visit of the President of the Sudan.
§ Lord Balniel
My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary had cordial discussions with President Nimeri on ways to develop the relationship between our two countries. They discussed British participation in the Sudan's development plans and the rôle of the enlarged European Economic Community in world trade, and exchanged views on the Middle East and Africa. The Sudanese reached agreement on compensation with the majority of those British firms whose assets were nationalised in 1970, and I have every hope that the remaining few, who are still negotiating, will reach a settlement very soon. Now that compensation is largely settled we have been 279W able to announce a programme of capital aid and technical assistance to the Sudan.