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The Early Years

Dr Khalil returned to Khartoum at the age of thirty-nine to build a business empire and establish himself as a foreign investment adviser to the President General Gaafar Mohamed Nimeiri, who had led a broadlybased left-wing coup in 1969. The Nimeiri administration gradually dissociated itself from its left-wing allies, and discreet initiatives were taken towards a restoration of good relations with the West - and particularly with Britain, the former colonial power, British aid having been halted after British banks and other interests in Sudan were nationalised in 1971.