Sudan President Arrives Jordan for Arab Summit

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Sudanese President Omer Al Bashir arrived in Amman for the annual meeting of the Arab leaders which begins on Wednesday.

Al Bashir was received by Jordan’s King Abdullah II , defying calls by western groups to arrest the first sitting head of state ever indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Arab Summit will be attended by 16 Arab leaders, delegations from various countries and international organisations. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterich will attend the summit. Delegations representing Russia, United States, China, Britain and France will also attend.

The Arab summit which is held at the Dead Sea,  is expected to endorse a resolution on Jerusalem and to voice their opposition to any international recognition of the disputed city as a capital of Israel.

The decision is seen as a reaction to the electoral pledge of U.S. President Donald Trump to move its embassy there.

The Arab leaders also are expected to point to Iran meddling in the Arab affairs.

On the sidelines of the summit President Al Bashir to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to discuss the strained relations.

“President Omar Al Bashir will participate in the Arab summit in spite of his hectic schedule,” Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour told the official SUNA news agency.

Ghandour said Bashir was attending the Arab League’s annual summit as Jordan’s King Abdullah II insisted that he come.

“President Bashir has never fled from ICC, and he will continue executing his responsibilities,” Ghandour said.