25 March 2009
CAIRO - Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir visited Egypt in a show of defiance after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of war crimes in Darfur.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak greeted al-Bashir at Cairo airport today, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported. Al-Bashir made his first trip abroad after the court’s decision, to neighboring Eritrea, on March 23.
“He is back safely,” Osman Nafie, the director of the political department at the Sudanese presidency, said in a telephone interview. “He arrived at Khartoum International Airport around 6:30 p.m.”