Egypt's Morsi defiantly receives Sudan's Al-Bashir in Cairo

Ahram Online and AP, Sunday 16 Sep 2012

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir arrives in Cairo Sunday to discuss bilateral relations with Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi who ignored Amnesty International's pleas not to meet the troubled leader

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court. He is due in Cairo on Sunday for talks with President Mohammed Morsi. (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi on Sunday received Sudanese counterpart Omar Al-Bashir at the Presidential Palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district, where they agreed to inaugurate an Egypt-Sudan highway and the Sudanese branch of Egypt's National Bank by the end of this week.

The Sudanese leader arrived at Cairo International Airport on Sunday afternoon, where he was welcomed by Egyptian Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki.

According to presidential spokesman Yasser Ali, the two heads of state agreed at the meeting that the Sudanese branch of the Egyptian National Bank, as well as an Egypt-Sudan highway, would be opened on Thursday during an upcoming visit by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to Khartoum scheduled for 19 and 20 September.

Amnesty International has called on Egypt to withdraw its invitation to Al-Bashir or arrest him when he arrives, in accordance with an arrest warrant issued against the latter by the International Criminal Court in The Hague for his alleged role in crimes against humanity in Sudan’s turbulent western Darfur region.

Ali also noted that the Organisation of the African Union was still revising the arrest warrant and that Egypt was committed to its final resolution.

Al-Bashir took power in 1989 backed by the Sudanese branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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