Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi met with Sudan’s wanted President Omar al-Bashir in Cairo on Sunday as the Egyptian government dismissed calls for the visiting leader’s arrest.
The International Criminal Court has demanded al-Bashir’s arrest on charges of war crimes. The human rights group Amnesty International urged Egypt before the visit to either cancel the Sudanese leader or arrest him.
But Mursi spokesman Yasser Ali told the state-run Middle East News Agency that Egypt isn’t a member of the ICC, the permanent U.N. war-crimes tribunal.
He also said Egypt is following the lead of the African Union, which has urged its members not to cooperate with the tribunal in seeking al-Bashir’s arrest on charges of genocide for crimes committed in Darfur.