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Sudanese president to visit Mauritania next week: AMI news agency


December 15, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir will make a trip next Monday to Nouakchott, “informed sources” have told the Mauritanian news agency (AMI) today.

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Mauritanian president General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (L) and Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (R)

The agency said that Bashir’s visit is the “first of its kind by a head of state to Mauritania” since General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz won the presidential elections last July. Abdel Aziz had ousted Mauritania’s first democratically elected leader in a coup last year.

There was no parallel confirmation of the visit by Sudanese state media. The Mauritanian foreign minister Naha bint Mukanass met with Bashir in Khartoum last month in a visit aimed at reenergizing bilateral relations.

Both sides at the time agreed to hold the joint ministerial meeting in mid-December headed by the foreign ministers in Sudan and Mauritania.

Sudan telecom company (Sudatel) has a bought a license two years ago to become Mauritania’s third mobile phone service provider.

Mauritania is the newest spot for Bashir trips since the arrest warrant issued for him last March by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges that he masterminded a campaign to exterminate African tribes in Sudan’s Western region of Darfur.

The former French colony is not an ICC state party and this has legal obligation to arrest Bashir if he sets foot on its territory. The Sudanese head of state has limited his travels to regional countries that are not signatories of the Rome Statute.

Bashir has turned down several invitations in the last few months to attend events in Uganda, Nigeria, Venezuela, Denmark, Turkey, South Africa and US for fear of arrest.

This week it was announced that the France-Africa summit due to be held in Egypt next year has been cancelled over French concerns at the invitation of Bashir. The decision was made after Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt met in Paris on Monday.


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  • 16 December 2009 07:01, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    When ever Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi wants to remove you you will be removed.

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    • 16 December 2009 20:02, by David_N

      Congratulate with Mauritania and Khartoum’s North Africa Arab relationship and Khartoum’s separation with East Africa coming up in 2011!

      www. abnsat.com

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  • 16 December 2009 09:59, by Time1

    Omer bashirs plane should be intercepted and diverted to Hague. A war criminal should not be allowed to fly in international air space.

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    • 16 December 2009 17:42, by padiit gaga


      War criminal must not be allow to fly in international space accordinge to international laws.he can not enjoye invitation like other presidents,he must be president in his house.Acriminal can travel or fly with other people.Bashir will not stepes to other country,unless he ties rope on his neck to be hang.

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      • 16 December 2009 19:34, by Wende Yongaptheeth

        It is good now that it is known earlier.

        He will be intercepted before reaching Mauritania or when he tries to return to Khartoum after the visit.

        International wanted criminals have no rights to use the international air-space, sea waters or rail-way lines.
        The AU Union, the USA and France should use their influence over Mauritania so that the criminal can be easily pick up by international police or Interpol and escorts to the Hague.

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        • 16 December 2009 20:50, by ismail

          How the world allow the Criminal to travel over the world
          that’s why he didn’t care,when anyone accept the criminal to
          visit his country,so that’s why he refused the arrested of ICC,if anyone stop him that he’s a criminal he can’t visit his country,So he will stop what he’s doing,in Sudan for the
          world is better to stop him as soon as possible,or they can
          intercepted his plan anytime when he traveling any country,

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          • 16 December 2009 22:39, by Patrice Lumumba

            Both countries are oppression their black majority and both with people who though blacks but claimed that they are Arabs. Slavery is a big issue in both countries.
            Bahsir’s plane will be intercepted by the Isrealis jet fighters and he will be taken to the ICC. Good luck.

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            • 16 December 2009 23:10, by Wende Yongaptheeth

              Nouachott is closer to the Atlantic ocean and there are multi national aircraft carries in the atlantic and mediterenean sea waters. They will definitely intercept or hijack Al Beshir plan in that narrow zone upon landind or at taking off.

              The Americans, French, Israelis and Bristish naval forces are well aware and their radar will detect Beshir plane number hundred of miles before Mauritania or they can just intercept it at the mainland before reaching Mauritania air space.

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  • 17 December 2009 18:01, by Angelo Achuil

    I don’t understand how Mr. Bashir think that staying away from facing the court can help him. These records will never disappear, if the computer break down, that data is saved around the world. Evading justice will NOT cut it.

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