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Sudanese president leaves Cairo after brief visit
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09:20, March 26, 2009

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir left here for home on Wednesday afternoon, wrapping up a lightning visit to Egypt, the Egyptian MENA news agency reported.

During his several hours' stay in Egypt, al-Bashir had talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the latest developments in Sudan, particularly the dispute between Sudan and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

According to Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit, the talks of the two leaders focused on the humanitarian situation in the western Sudanese region of Darfur and Egypt's support to Sudan.

Egypt has always been ready to help Sudan overcome any humanitarian difficulties, Abul-Gheit said at a joint press conference with his Sudanese counterpart Deng Alor following the talks.

Abul-Gheit said Egypt is keen on maintaining the stability and security of Sudan.

Al-Bashir arrived here Wednesday morning on an unannounced visit to Egypt, his second travel abroad since the ICC issued an arrest warrant against him earlier this month.

On March 4, the Hague-based ICC issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's restive western region of Darfur between 2003 and 2008.

On Monday, the Sudanese president paid a previously unannounced visit to Eritrea, which was described by local observers as "symbolic."

Al-Bashir has also expressed his intention to take part in an annual Arab summit meeting, which was scheduled to be held in the Qatari capital of Doha at the end of March.


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