Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting

Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting

Sudan's president invited by Saudi Arabia to Trump meeting

"I can confirm that President al-Bashir will go to Saudi Arabia on Friday", Ghandour told reporters in Geneva.

"What we know is that President Bashir and President Trump will be in the same conference hall, but we don't know whether he will meet President Trump", he added.

The United States is not a member of the ICC, but a State Department official provided a statement that the US opposes "invitations, facilitation, or support for travel by any person subject to outstanding ICC arrest warrants, including President Bashir".

"While the United States is not a party to the Rome Statute, which is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court, we nevertheless strongly support efforts to hold accountable those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, including such acts in Darfur", the USA official said. The summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia on Sunday and attended by Arab and Muslim leaders, is expected to see high-level talks.

The latest worldwide strongman - or dictator, as the rest of us would put it - who Mr Trump could soon be rubbing shoulders with is Sudan's Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the global Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, including genocide.

Khartoum said recent regulations that made Egyptian men aged from 19 to 50 have to obtain visas prior to entering Sudan was a result of this policy.

"On his agenda for the summit will be the removal of sanctions finally which were imposed by the United States on Sudan".

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The country was one of seven included in Mr Trump's proposed travel ban, along with Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Sudan has been under US financial sanctions since the 1990s after being accused of state-sponsored terrorism.

Washington believes Khartoum's terror ties have ebbed, but has kept sanctions in place because of the scorched-earth tactics it has used against ethnic minority rebels in Darfur. The country is also accused of marginalising non-Arab populations in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions, where conflicts are ongoing.

According to the United Nations, 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced since the Darfur conflict erupted in 2003.

In March, media reports alleged that a spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, had called on Jordan to arrest Bashir during a trip there for the Arab League summit.

It insisted he had "head of state immunity" after letting him slip out of the country under shadowy circumstances.

Al-Shiekh didn't make any press statements after the meeting leaving room open for interpretation on whether or not he came to extend the invitation to President Omer al-Bashir to attend the American-Islamic summit in Riyadh.

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