Sudanese president in Cairo for Darfur talks
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is in Cairo on Sunday for talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, dpa reports.
The visit comes amid speculation that the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague may soon issue a warrant for the arrest of the Sudanese president for his alleged role in what ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has called genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
The Egyptian government has repeatedly said it fears that the issuance of an arrest warrant for Bashir could endanger peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebel groups in Darfur.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, in remarks carried by Cairo's official Middle East News Agency on Saturday, warned international governments and institutions against "unbalanced pressures" against Sudan.
Aboul-Gheit and Egyptian Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman were in Khartoum on February 14 for talks with the Sudanese. At the end of that visit, Egypt's ambassador to Sudan, said it "sent a message to all parties that Egypt was standing beside Sudan" on the question of a possible ICC arrest warrant for Bashir.
The Egyptian officials' visit to Khartoum followed press reports, later denied by the ICC, that a warrant for Bashir's arrest had already been issued.