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KHARTOUM:Sudan gov’t delays Kenyan ambassador expulsion for two weeks

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Laaska news  Dec. 3, 2011

KHARTOUM, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) — The Sudanese government decided to delay the expulsion of the Kenyan ambassador for two weeks on Friday, a day after President Omar al-Bashir met with Kenyan president’s envoy and foreign minister following a Kenyan court’s issuance of an arrest warrant against al-Bashir.

“The President has directed to delay the implementation of the decision to expel the Kenyan ambassador from Khartoum and recall the Sudanese ambassador from Nairobi for two weeks,” said Al-Obaid Ahmed Mirawih, spokesman for the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement.

“President al-Bashir has informed the Kenyan presidential envoy that Sudan was expecting Kenya to oppose the court’s decision as it contradicts Kenya’s international and regional commitments and harms its direct interests,” he added.

He added “Sudan will wait for two weeks to avail the opportunity for the Kenyan efforts to contain the conflict and take the necessary procedures”.

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday asked the Kenyan ambassador to leave the country in 72 hours in response to a Kenyan court’s ruling on Monday ordering its government to arrest al-Bashir should he set foot on Kenyan soil.

Kenya has ratified the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) founding Rome Statute, which theoretically obliges it to execute the court’s warrants.

In August 2010, the Sudanese president visited Nairobi to participate in the endorsement of Kenya’s new constitution despite the ICC warrant against him where Kenyan officials then said the government was committed to the African Union resolutions in this respect.

Xinhua.

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