Sudan’s Bashir to skip Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia with US President Donald Trump

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, attends independence day celebrations on December 31, 2016

KHARTOUM (AFP) – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, will not join an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia with US President Donald Trump, his office said Friday.

“President Omar al-Bashir has apologised to King Salman of Saudi Arabia for being unable to attend the Riyadh summit,” a statement from his office carried by the official SUNA news agency said.

It said he had been unable to accept the king’s invitation for “personal reasons.”

Bashir has evaded arrest since his indictment by the ICC for alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the 14-year-old conflict in Darfur that has killed tens of thousands of people.

His planned attendance at…

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