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Sudanese president returns home from second visit abroad
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09:31, March 26, 2009

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Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir returned to his country on Wednesday after a short visit to Egypt where he held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

This was the second visit abroad for the Sudanese president since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him earlier this month on charges of so-called war crimes and crimes of anti-humanity.

Al-Zahawi Ibrahim Malik, the Sudanese minister of information and communications, told reporters at the Khartoum Airport that President al-Bashir's visit to Egypt came "within his functions as the President of the Republic".

"This visit must be understood that we do not want any provocation from any party and that the president is exercising his sovereign works in accordance with the constitution," he noted.

"The visit came also within the framework of bilateral relations between the two countries," the Sudanese minister added.

Malik said that talks between the Sudanese and Egyptian presidents in Cairo dealt with many issues of common interest as well as the issues concerning the Arab world, especially that an Arab summit to be held in Doha at the end of this month.

He noted that Egypt was exerting diplomatic efforts to help address the ICC issue and was actively seeking to reach results, hoping that Egypt's efforts would succeed.

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

Both Egypt and Eritrea, like Sudan, are not members of the Hague-based ICC, whose prosecutor has called on its member states to apprehend the Sudanese president during his travels abroad.


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