Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir arrived in Cairo on Wednesday, defying an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes in Darfur.

Bashir, on his second trip abroad since the Hague-based court issued the warrant on March 4, is expected to discuss developments surrounding the ICC ruling with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Bashir is unlikely to face arrest in Egypt, which has close ties with its Sudanese neighbour and has called on the U.N. Security Council to suspend the ICC warrant.

Mubarak met Bashir at a Cairo airport before the two headed for consultations, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

Ali Youssef Ahmed, head of protocol at Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Bashir wanted to show defiance of the ICC by visiting Egypt the same week as a trip to Eritrea.

“The president has said before that the arrest warrant is not worth the ink that it is written with — and this is the message of this trip,” he said.

“The president will continue to travel to countries that are against the ICC — and there are many of these countries, all the African, Arab and many Asian countries.”



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