Sudanese media are reporting that the Foreign Ministry has summoned the US 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 UN 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 US refusal was a "blatant violation of its commitments as a host country" of the UN
Washington has made it clear it doesn't want al-Bashir in New York. A US official said on Friday the visa application was still pending.
Sudan current faces major protests against al-Bashir's rule.