Sudan: Bashir Demands Apology Over Museveni's Statement

Kampala — Sudan yesterday angrily demanded an apology from Uganda over a statement made by President Yoweri Museveni that president Omar al-Bashir had not been invited for the African Union summit due in Kampala in July.

Bashir also demanded that the summit be moved to another venue.

Sudan's foreign ministry said Museveni's statement showed that Kampala had "ill intentions" against Khartoum.

"We are calling on Uganda to withdraw this improper statement and to make an open apology to the Sudanese people," said the ministry's spokesperson, Moawia Osman Khalid.

"We are going to call for the African Union to withdraw this summit from Kampala to another African capital that would be able to host all the African leaders without discrimination."

Bashir has had to restrict his international travel since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him last year on charges of atrocities in Sudan's western Darfur region.

The ruling created a diplomatic dilemma for Uganda and other African members of the ICC, who would have to arrest him if he entered their territory.

The State House statement released on Saturday said Sudan would be represented at the 15th AU summit by "other government officials".

Khartoum has said its president is free to travel across the continent after AU heads of state voted not to co-operate with the indictment last year.







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