Reported on: June 16, 2011 15:59 PM
Reported in: International
BEIJING, JUNE 16 (AP/UNB) - China says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will visit the country in a little over a week, despite the fact that he's wanted by an international court on war crimes charges.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday that al-Bashir is making the June 27-30 visit at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao. Hong says al-Bashir will meet with Hu and other Chinese leaders.
The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for al-Bashir for allegedly orchestrating atrocities in the African nation's Darfur region.
Any U.N. member state would be obliged to execute a warrant, but al-Bashir has traveled to friendly nations before without arrest.
A U.N. report, meanwhile, says violence between north and south Sudan is increasing.