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Posted On: 26 March 2009 08:48 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Doha won’t give in to pressure over Bashir

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Qatar is under pressure not to receive Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir at an Arab summit next week over an international indictment for war crimes, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani has said. “There are pressures, but you know Qatar well,” the prime minister said in remarks broadcast by Al Jazeera television. He did not say who was putting pressure on Qatar, a close US ally that hosts a large US military base. “We presented the invitation and I have come to present it again, as the prime minister and foreign minister. We respect international law and we respect the presence of Bashir in Qatar,” he said, addressing reporters in Khartoum. Gulf Arab countries have expressed strong support for Bashir.