Sudan’s Bashir to skip Trump-Muslim summit
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Sudan’s Bashir to skip Trump-Muslim summit

After criticism from Washington over invitation to alleged war criminal, Khartoum announces its leader will be 'unable' to attend

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks in New Delhi, India, October 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks in New Delhi, India, October 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, will not join an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia with US President Donald Trump, his office said Friday.

“President Omar al-Bashir has apologized to King Salman of Saudi Arabia for being unable to attend the Riyadh summit,” a statement from his office carried by the official SUNA news agency said.

Bashir has evaded arrest since his indictment by the ICC for alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the 14-year-old conflict in Darfur that has killed tens of thousands.

His planned attendance at Sunday’s summit of Arab and Muslim leaders in Riyadh had drawn strong criticism from Washington.

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