Sudan's president in Egypt for talks with Morsi
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, meets with Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (AP /Egyptian Presidency)
Published Sunday, September 16, 2012 8:54AM EDT
CAIRO -- Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Egypt for a state visit, even though he is wanted for arrest by the International Criminal Court.
Al-Bashir flew to Egypt on Sunday to meet with his fellow Islamist, President Mohammed Morsi, who took office in June as Egypt's first civilian and elected leader.
The court in The Hague issued the warrant against al-Bashir for his alleged role in crimes against humanity in Sudan's turbulent western Darfur region.
Amnesty International has called on Egypt to withdraw its invitation to al-Bashir or arrest him when he arrives. The Sudanese leader was welcomed on arrival at Cairo airport by Egyptian Vice-President Mahmoud Mekki.
Al-Bashir took power in 1989 backed by Sudan's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails.