Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been invited to a meeting with US president Donald Trump this weekend, leaving the world dumbfounded.
Saudi Arabia has invited the Sudanese leader who is wanted for alleged war crimes by the International Criminal Court, to a summit with US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders, according to a Saudi official. Bashir is an isolated leader avoiding most international meetings which require his presence as aany country which is a signatory to the Rome statute is mandated to arrest him on stepping on their soil. However, Bashir has gotten away with visiting some African countries including Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.
“He (Bashir) is invited,” the Saudi official told news agency AFP on Wednesday. It is not yet clear whether the Sudanese leader would attend the top-level talks on Sunday.
Trump is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites, from Saturday on his first foreign trip since taking office in January.
He will address the summit on his “hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam,” the White House said Tuesday.
Bashir has evaded arrest since his indictment by the International Criminal Court in 2009 for alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the conflict in Darfur in which at least 300,000 people have been killed.