Report: Sudan summons US diplomat for visa protest

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese media are reporting that the Foreign Ministry has summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires in Khartoum to protest Washington’s failure to grant a visa to the country’s president, who faces war crimes charges.

President Omar al-Bashir requested the visa to attend the U.N. General Assembly in New York. The charges are linked to the bloody conflict in the Darfur region.

The semi-official Sudan Media Center on Saturday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abu Bakr Al-Sadek as saying that the U.S. refusal was a “blatant violation of its commitments as a host country” of the U.N.

Washington has made it clear it doesn’t want al-Bashir in New York. A U.S. official said Friday the visa application was still pending.

Sudan current faces major protests against al-Bashir’s rule.

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