Sudan’s FM arrives in New York for UNGA meeting

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September 20, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour
on Tuesday has arrived in New York to participate in the 71st Session of
the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on behalf of the Sudanese
President Omer al-Bashir.
[image: JPEG - 22 kb]*Ibrahim Ghandour attends African Union ministers
meeting in Addis Ababa on 11 April 2016 (ST Photo) *

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir said Ghandour will
address the UNGA on Saturday, pointing the 71st session is held under the
theme “UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants.

He added the Foreign Minister will meet with the UN Secretary General,
President of the UNGA, Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic
Cooperation besides the heads of delegations and foreign ministers from
more than twenty nations.

Khidir pointed that Ghandour will also participate in high level meetings
to discuss issues of international cooperation, sustainable development,
least developed nations and terrorism.

He also said Ghandour will participate in a number of meetings including
the meeting of the Committee of African Ministers on the ICC with the UN
Security Council, the high-level meeting on South Sudan, the ministerial
meeting of the Group of Friends of the United Nations Alliance of
Civilizations, the ministerial meeting of the Arab League and the
ministerial meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Last May, the Sudanese presidency said that President Omer al-Bashir who
faces an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) had
applied for U.S. visa in order to attend the annual gathering in New York.

Since, neither the U.S. State department nor the Sudanese foreign ministry
commented on Bashir’s planned appearance.

Bashir made a similar attempt to fly to New York in September 2013 but
Washington dragged its feet on granting him visa without rejecting it
outright.

(ST)

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