Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visits Cairo, Egypt following re-election

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir traveled to neighboring Egypt on Tuesday on his first trip abroad since his re-election was declared Monday.

His Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, "congratulated the Sudanese president on his winning a new presidential term in elections," state news agency MENA reported. The Egyptian president hosted al-Bashir at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Mubarak said he was keen to achieve stability in his country's southern neighbor, where the semi-autonomous south is due to vote in an independence referendum next year, the agency said.

The Sudanese government has been engaged in Qatari-hosted peace talks with the most active rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement. The negotiations were suspended for the elections, but are due to resume next month.


Al-Bashir also risks arrest outside of Sudan after an indictment by the International Criminal Court, or ICC, in 2009. His trip to Egypt was his second foreign visit since the ICC warrant was issued.


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