- The defiant Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir has traveled to Ethiopia on Thursday in protest to the warrant of arrest issued against him by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity early this month.
The Foreign Ministry official said the President who had landed in Sudan on Wednesday from Egypt, has left the country for Addis Ababa without giving thorough details on the visit.
Last week, Sudanese clerics ruled that President Omar al-Bashir should not attend the annual Arab summit in Qatar scheduled this month end, fearing that he might be targeted for arrest.
The Ethiopia’s trip is President Al-Bashir's third outside the country since the ICC's decision, after visiting neighbours Egypt and Eritrea this week following invitations from those countries for talks on the arrest warrant.
Being the first sitting head of state to be indicted, prsident al-Bashir had banked his hpes on the African Union and the Arab League states that the UN would at least delay his warrant of arrest, while peace building steps slowly takes shape in his war torn country.
Since the issuance of the warrant of arrest by the ICC, President Al Bashir has mounted a massive campaign against international aid organisations and expelled 13 of them saying they fed the international court false accounts about Darfur.
The aid organisations worked with more than 4.7 million Sudanese, including 2.7 million in refugee camps.
The Darfur conflict which started in 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government complaining of discrimination and neglect has killed more than 300,000 people with more others displaced.
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