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Al-Bashir’s participation in American-Islamic meeting shrouded in mystery


king Salman receives President Omer al-Bashir at the Royal Palace in Riyadh on 24 October 2016 (SPA Photo)
May 17, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The participation of the Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir in the American Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia in doubt following conflicting statements from Khartoum, Washington and Riyadh.

The Saudi Minister of State and a member of the Council of Ministers Mohammed bin Abdul Malik Al-Sheikh Tuesday has arrived in Khartoum on an unannounced visit and met with Sudan’s Minister of Presidential Affairs Fadl Abdallah Fadl.

Al-Shiekh didn’t make any press statements after the meeting leaving room open for interpretation on whether or not he came to extend the invitation to President Omer al-Bashir to attend the American-Islamic summit in Riyadh.

Meanwhile, reliable sources told Sudan Tribune Wednesday that the Saudi official met al-Bashir on Tuesday night in the Guest House without giving further details.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press said Saudi diplomats confirmed that al-Bashir has been invited to take part in the historic meeting which will be held on May 20-21, 2017 with the participation of over 50 Arab and Islamic leaders.

However, in a press release on Wednesday, the U.S. embassy in Khartoum reiterated Washington’s position with respect to al-Bashir’s travel, saying “we oppose invitations, facilitation, or support for travel by any person subject to outstanding International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants, including President Bashir”.

The U.S. embassy stressed there has been no change to Sudan’s inclusion on the United States’ State Sponsor of Terrorism list (SSTL).

“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” read the press release.

Press reports in Khartoum last week quoted the director of the president’s office Taha Osman al-Hussein as saying al-Bashir has received an official invitation from the Saudi monarch to attend the summit.

Also, in an interview with the Qatar-based Al Sharq newspaper Tuesday, al-Bashir described his participation in the summit in the presence of the U.S. President Donald Trump as “leap in Sudan’s relations with the international community,” saying it responds to those who urge host countries not to invite him for international summits.

Al-Bashir pointed that the European countries have previously boycotted meetings in which he took part and put significant pressure on the host countries not to invite him to participate in any meetings including the African Summits.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters in Geneva that al-Bashir will travel to Riyadh on Friday.

The Sudanese top diplomat, however, refrained from confirming whether or not al-Bashir would meet Trump, saying:“I can confirm that President al-Bashir will go to Saudi Arabia the day after tomorrow”.

Later on Wednesday, Ghandour confirmed to Reuters that al-Bashir will participate in the meeting with Trump, saying he hopes the two presidents shake hands.

Fearing the presence of Bashir despite their objection, Washington asked Riyadh "at least to avoid any situation in which Trump and Bashir are seen together," reported the AP on Wednesday.

Trump will hold three meetings in Riyadh including with the Saudi King, leaders of the Gulf States and leaders of Arab-Islamic nations.


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  • 18 May 04:33, by Kuch

    Here we go! What a piece of farce! Al Bashir is a darling of gulf Arab states. He steal the lands from the North Sudanese and give it to gulf Arab states to grow their own food. But hey, what is this show about? Al Bashir has goes to Saudi gulf Arab states any time he wants. And this so-called American-Arab meeting is in gulf Arab states countries of which North Sudan is part of the alliance>>>

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    • 18 May 04:41, by Kuch

      Not only that, North Sudan, gulf Arab states with the help of the US, Israel and the UK are fighting an illegal war in Yemen (they have invaded a sovereign country without authorization of UN). A war considered to be countering the influence of Iran in Yemen. Besides, the US, the UK, France, Israel, Turkey, North Sudan, gulf Arab states>>>

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      • 18 May 04:52, by Kuch

        Al Qada, ISIS, Al Nustra, Boko Haram, Islamic brotherhood and others have an alliance. So what all this show about? To fool the gullibles, l guest. Besides, the US and some sleazy EU countries are warming up with North Sudan some of these days on the disguise of curtailing illegal immigration to Europe by the Eritrean, Ethiopians and Somalis. Which is absolutely rubbish>>>

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        • 18 May 05:02, by Kuch

          The whole game about these evil corporate America, some creepy European countries and their gulf Arab states with North Sudan is all about our Nile & our resources here in South Sudan. Good luck to them though. The evils have destroyed Libya, CAR, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and their *evil empire* has to be moved up a notch up the Nile!! The American-British-France-Gulf Arab states-israel-N Sudan & Turkey

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          • 18 May 05:10, by Kuch

            Empire is on the lose and want to conquer the whole world. They made some head way in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iraq, almost in Syria and Yemen. But they have already succeeded in Central Africa republic republic (CAR) and Libya. Fellows, careful, a lot of bloody noses. Some evils in the US, the UK, France, their evil juus are desperately shopping for their evil empire war in our people’s countries>>>

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            • 18 May 05:15, by Kuch

              but the evils are going to get what they are desperately shopping for with a bucket full of it to be honest. Only a fool would want the evil white Americans, English people and their evil juus in his/her back yard with their usual greed and dirty intrigues. here in our Nilotic plains though, we don’t want the evils.

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              • 18 May 05:21, by Kuch

                Some fools like Riek Machar are so dumb that they want to sell our country to the greatest evils of of all people on earth. Simply to be enthroned to power in our country. Good luck to them. They can try with their masters, but l doubt we will allow the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their creepy NGOs, their evil juus and some of their criminals in between to touch anything in our count

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  • 18 May 07:30, by sudani ana

    Who is this Kuch with his usual "the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their creepy NGOs, their evil juus and some of their criminals in between".

    You are like a virus that has infected Sudan Tribune. What makes you think that this vomit that you puke is important. Do you have to torture us with your stupidity everyday. Give us a break man.

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