Sudanese leader visits Egypt despite ICC arrest warrant

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Cairo on Wednesday on an unannounced visit, his second travel abroad since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him earlier this month, Xinhua reported.

Al-Bashir was expected to have talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on the latest developments in Sudan, particularly the dispute between Sudan and the ICC.

The 22-nation Arab League and the African Union have shunned the ICC verdict.

Al-Bashir is also planning to attend an Arab summit in Qatar at the end of the month.

The ICC charged al-Bashir with leading a counterinsurgency against Darfur rebels that has involved rapes, killings and other atrocities against civilians. His government has been accused of unleashing Arab militiamen known as Janjaweed against Darfur civilians in a drive to put down a revolt by ethnic Africans in the western region.

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