Egypt Independent

Sudanese opposition leader to visit Cairo Wednesday

Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi has announced plans to arrive in Cairo on Wednesday.

Turabi, who is also chairman of the Popular Congress Party, has not visited Cairo since 1995, when Mubarak's regime accused him of planning to assassinate former President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa.

Party leader Awad Babiker said Tuesday that Turabi, who is now in Turkey, will arrive in Cairo along with Bashir Adam Rahman, the party's foreign relations secretary.

Turabi's visit will last one week, Babiker said.

A delegation of five senior party officials arrived in Cairo Tuesday from Khartoum, Babiker told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Tuesday.

Turabi will meet with a number of Egyptian presidential candidates, including Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, Mohamed Selim al-Awa, Ayman Nour, Mohamed ElBaradei and Amr Moussa, Babiker said.

He said Turabi will also meet with Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Coptic Pope Shenouda III, and Freedom and Justice Party leaders.

Meetings with members of Egypt's ruling military council or officials have not been agreed upon yet, Babiker said.

Translated from the Arabic Edition