The US embassy in Khartoum has reiterated its opposition to international travel by anyone subject to outstanding International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants, including Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir. The embassy made its position clear in a statement on Facebook, opposing “invitations, facilitation, or support for travel” for such people.
Despite the recent thaw in relations between Washington and Khartoum, the embassy also pointed out that there has been “no change” to Sudan’s inclusion on the US “State Sponsors of Terrorism” list. “We have been quite clear with the Government of Sudan on the steps that need to be taken for us to consider delisting, as well as what would be required to make progress in easing economic sanctions,” the embassy added.
The US statement came in response to media reports that President Al-Bashir has been invited to attend the Islamic-American summit that will take place in Saudi Arabia on 20-21 May. Senior diplomatic sources told Sudan Tribune that the president would leave for Saudi Arabia ahead of the two-day summit to meet with King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.