Libya pressed to block Bashir from attending 3rd Africa-EU Summit

The Sudan Tribune The European Union (EU) expressed its objections to Libya over the possible attendance of the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir at the 3rd Africa-EU Summit that will take place on November 29th, according to a newspaper report.

Bashir received the invitation to participate from his Libyan counterpart Muammar Al-Gaddafi last July who dispatched his personal envoy Mohamed Sayyala to Khartoum at the time.

An unnamed African diplomat told the Qatar-based Al-Sharq newspaper that the EU has expressed reservations over the attendance of the Sudanese leader who faces an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and genocide allegedly committed in Darfur.

The diplomat said that the EU alluded to Tripoli that Bashir’s attendance could impact their representation level at the summit. He added that the likely way out from this deadlock is to ask Sudan to send another official instead of Bashir to attend.

A similar incident occurred this year when Paris decided to change the venue of the France-EU summit after Egypt, the original host, insisted on inviting Bashir.

Both Egypt and Libya have strongly backed Bashir against the ICC indictment.

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