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South Africa invites Bashir to enter again

South Africa welcomed the Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, who faces a warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur, to enter the country again, despite widespread criticism of Mr Bashir's visit to South Africa in June.

The South African president, Jacob Zuma, told diplomats that Sudan was likely to participate in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which is due to take place in Johannesburg in December.

"It is expected that the Sudanese government will participate in FOCAC," Mr Zuma was quoted by AFP as saying.

In June, despite numerous calls for Mr Bashir to be arrested and handed over to the ICC on arrival in South Africa, the South African government said that he was granted immunity as he was attending an African Union summit.

The ICC has given the government until October 5th to explain why it failed to arrest Mr Bashir.

"We are currently studying the order. We will then make a determination as to the next course of action, if any," Zuma reportedly said.

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