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Germany's Westerwelle to visit Sudan

Other News Materials 22 June 2011 22:44 (UTC +04:00)
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is to visit Sudan on Thursday, catching up on a visit that was cancelled last week because of plume of volcanic ash
Germany's Westerwelle to visit Sudan

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is to visit Sudan on Thursday, catching up on a visit that was cancelled last week because of plume of volcanic ash, Berlin aides said, dpa reported.

After talks in Khartoum, he would visit the embattled province of Darfur and then the south of the country, which is set to secede next month, the aides said Wednesday. He would return Friday to Berlin.

South Sudan becomes an independent nation on July 9.

Last week's visit was called off when an eruption in Eritrea made aviation in the area unsafe.

Westerwelle was expected to ask Sudanese authorities to help find four children abducted in a tug-of-love dispute. The father of the four was reported to have flown to Sudan with them. The mother, who lives in Germany, has legal custody of the children.

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