Sudan's Bashir declines to attend Saudi summit with Trump

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

Sudan's Bashir declines to attend Saudi summit with Trump

Sudan's President Omer al-Bsashir will not take part in the two-day Arab Islamic American Summit, said Khartoum on Friday ending speculations about his unwanted participation by the United States. President Al-Bashir delegated his Office director and Presidency Minister-delegate General Taha Al-Hussein to represent him at the summit, said Sudanese News Agency.

The official organ further pointed that the president had received an invitation for the summit handed over by a special envoy.

Saudi Arabia is holding the event to discuss combating extremist ideologies and economic cooperation between the US and Islamic nations.

On Wednesday, U.S. Embassy in Khartoum has officially announced U.S opposes participation of Sudan's president, saying "We oppose invitations, facilitation, or support for travel by any person subject to outstanding International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants, including President Bashir". The U.N. estimates 300,000 people have died in the last decade as conflict raged in the region. ICC prosecutors issued two warrants for al-Bashir's arrest, in March 2009 and July 2010.

USA officials expressed their displeasure with the presence of Bashir at the summit and urged the host country to not invite him.

Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday is the first stop on his maiden worldwide trip as President that will also take him to Israel and Europe.

But later, the Trump administration singled out Sudan as one of six Muslim majority countries whose citizens were banned from immigrating to the U.S. His aides say he will give a major speech on USA relations with the Islamic world, a counterpoint to President Barack Obama's 2009 speech in Cairo.

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