Indonesia defends decision to allow visit of Sudan’s Bashir

Indonesia defends its decision to allow Sudanese President Bashir to visit country in order to attend summit of Muslim countries

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, left, greets his Sudanese counterpart Omar al Bashir upon his arrival for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Palestinian issues in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, March 7, 2016.

Indonesia has defended its decision to allow Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir to visit the country in order to attend a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, as Sudanese president is a suspected ‘war criminal’ by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC issued multiple arrest warrants for Al Bashir in 2009 and 2010 because of his suspected involvement in crimes against humanity and war crimes. The charges stem from the conflicts in Darfur region of the country between Sudanese forces and rebels.

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said Indonesia is not a member of ICC and therefore it has no obligation to arrest Sudanese President Al Bashir.

Although the US Embassy in Jakarta released a statement, saying that it was ‘’concerned’’ by Al Bashir’s visit to Indonesia despite the fact that US has not signed the Roma Statute treaty that established the ICC.

Sudanese leader did make a comment after the meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Last year, Al Bashir reportedly cancelled his visit to an Asia-Africa conference in Jakarta because of the protests by human rights groups against him.

TRTWorld and agencies