KHARTOUM, (Xinhua) --
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday
urged the African countries to implement the decisions of the
African Union (AU) summit and withdraw from the membership of
the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it failed to respond
to the African demands.
Wednesday held talks in Khartoum with President of Rwanda Paul
Kagame, who is the head of the current AU session.
“Sudan is inviting
its brotherly African countries to implement the decisions of
the AU summit, particularly the withdrawal from the ICC
membership, if it failed to respond to the African demands,”
said al-Bashir when addressing the session of the joint talks.
Rwanda’s strong positions in support of Sudan’s just causes at
the regional and international forums as well as its stance
against the ICC.
commended Rwanda’s contribution in field of achieving peace
and stability in the African continent via its active
participation in the peacekeeping missions.
Rwanda Paul Kagame, for his part, reiterated keenness to
enhance his country’s ties with Sudan in all fields in a
manner that achieves common interests.
session of the joint talks, he said Sudan and Rwanda can work
together as friends to achieve the interests of their peoples.
He renewed his
country’s firm stance against the ICC, saying it is a position
adopted by the AU summits that urged its countries to withdraw
from it and not to recognize it.
arrived in Khartoum on Wednesday in an official visit to Sudan
in response to an invitation by his Sudanese counterpart.
Last February, the
AU passed a resolution on colective withdrawal from the ICC,
but the decision is non-abiding as Nigeria and Senegal are
opposing the withdrawal decision.
South Africa and
Burundi have previously withdrawn from the ICC, accusing it of
unfairly targetting the Africans.
Around 34 African
countries have signed the Rome Statute which established the
On March 2009, the
ICC issued an arrest warrant against al-Bashir for allegedly
committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s