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Sudan’s Bashir barred from Saudi airspace

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Saudi Arabia did not allow a plane carrying longtime Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to enter the kingdom’s airspace, Sudan’s official news agency reported.

The aircraft was carrying Bashir and a number of other top officials and was headed to Tehran, where the president was scheduled to attend the inauguration and swearing-in of Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday, added the report.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), was not seen at Rowhani’s inauguration.

The Hague-based ICC has issued two arrest warrants against the Sudanese president for war crime, crimes against humanity and genocide over the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region.