Official: Sudan president heading to Arab summit

March 29, 2009 12:12:47 PM PDT
Sudan's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the country's president, who is sought by an international court on charges of war crimes in Darfur, is going to Qatar to attend this week's Arab League summit. Spokesman Ali Youssef told The Associated Press that President Omar al-Bashir was heading to Qatar on Sunday afternoon for the summit, which begins Monday. He didn't provide more details, and there was no immediate confirmation from the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar.

The 22-member Arab League has already said it would not enforce the International Criminal Court's arrest order for al-Bashir issued on March 4 and the Sudanese leader visited Eritrea, Egypt and Libya over the past week in a show of defiance.

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