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Omar Al-Bashir invited in a summit with Trump

By on May 18, 2017
Omar El Béchir

Saudi Arabia has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted foralleged war crimes, to a summit with US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders.
Mr Bashir will travel to Saudi Arabia on Friday, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said.

Economic sanctions were imposed against Sudan in 1997 after the state was labelled a “sponsor of terrorism”.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order easing some of the curbs in January, shortly before leaving office.

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

It is not known whether Presidents Bashir and Trump will meet when the US leader arrives in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

In 2009 and 2010, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants against Mr Bashir for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity related to the conflict in Darfur, which has claimed at least 300,000 lives.
He denies the charges.

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