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World Briefing / Sudan

U.S. ally Egypt welcomes Bashir

March 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Egypt, one of the strongest U.S. allies in the Middle East, welcomed Sudan's president despite an international warrant seeking his arrest on charges of war crimes in Darfur.

President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir was making his first high-profile journey abroad since the warrant was issued March 4 by the International Criminal Court. He was emboldened by the decision of the 22-nation Arab League not to act on the warrant, though three of its member countries -- not Egypt -- are signatories to the court's founding treaty.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received Bashir at Cairo's airport.

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