US warns China over Bashir trip

The International Criminal Court indicted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir over war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2009 and on genocide charges in 2010, all relating to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur regionThe United States expressed concern Monday that Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir plans to visit China, despite his International Criminal Court indictment for alleged war crimes in Darfur. The Sudanese foreign ministry said Sunday that Bashir would travel to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and attend September 3 celebrations marking Japan’s defeat in World War II. Speaking in Washington, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters the United States continues to believe Bashir should not be welcome to travel until he faces justice.

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