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Rwanda backs Sudan against the ICC
January 7, 2018, 3:02 pm

President Paul Kagame and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir have agreed to jointly confront the International Criminal Court (ICC), accusing it of targeting only African leaders. The deal was struck during the two-day visit of President Kagame to Khartoum last week.

Addressing a joint press conference, after a closed-door meeting with his host, President Kagame stressed that the African Union's (AU) position was against the ICC, stating that the continent's leaders were victims of its biased justice.

President Bashir commended the Rwandan position that seeks to protect Sudan and other African nations from what he called the "international agenda". He also called for better coordination between African governments to implement the AU stance on the ICC. The two presidents also agreed to push for reforms at AU for better coordination at all levels. They also discussed several regional concerns, including the crisis in South Sudan.

The two leaders also agreed to initiate a political consultation committee between their countries and to enhance bilateral trade. President Bashir has been indicted by the ICC since 2009 for alleged genocide and war crimes in Darfur region.

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