US President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the Sudanese government’s plan to expel aid groups, saying it risked creating an even greater humanitarian disaster in its western Darfur region. Sudan expelled 13 aid groups after the International Criminal Court charged Sudanese president Hassan al-Bashir with war crimes in Darfur, where 4.7 million people rely on foreign assistance for food, shelter and protection from fighting.

“We have a potential crisis of even greater dimensions than we already saw,” Obama said in his response to Khartoum’s action last week. Obama made the remarks after wide ranging talks with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the white house, their first meeting since Obama was sworn into office on January 20.

Both men heaped praise on each other’s leadership after the meeting which underscored the new administration’s desire for closer ties between Washington and the world today.



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