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Sudan summons EU envoy over criticism of Bashir visits

AFP  |  Khartoum 

has summoned the to its country to protest against an EU statement criticising and for hosting its Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the

The Hague-based ICC has issued arrest warrants against Bashir, accusing him of war crimes and genocide in the deadly conflict in Sudan's western region of that erupted in 2003.

Sudan's foreign ministry said it rejects the EU's criticism that and "did not surrender" Bashir during his recent visits there.

"The ministry of foreign affairs summoned today (Wednesday) the EU to express Sudan's regret and rejection of EU's statement that puts pressure on African countries and calls on them to accept allegations of ICC about Sudan," the ministry said in a statement.

Bashir visited last week for a summit with his Ugandan counterpart and to negotiate a deal aimed at ending the war in South

He also travelled to to attend a ceremony marking the launch of the first phase of Africa's biggest free-trade zone. Both Djibouti and Uganda are parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC and accordingly are obligated to arrest Bashir on their territory.

"Bashir is doing his duty according to the mandate given by IGAD states to bring peace to South Sudan," the foreign ministry said, referring to -- a regional trade block -- that is pushing a fresh bid to end the war in South

Bashir is currently hosting talks in between South Sudan's warring factions to end the war that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced nearly four million since it broke out in December 2013.

Bashir faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity relating to the conflict in

The war in broke out when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against Bashir's Arab-dominated government, which launched a brutal counter-insurgency.

The asked the ICC in 2005 to investigate the crimes in Darfur, where the UN estimates at least 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced. Bashir denies the charges, and his visit to South in 2015 triggered a major controversy.

Last year the ICC ruled that South had failed in its duties to the court when it refused to arrest Bashir.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 05:05 IST