Sudanese President Received By Qatari Emir in Doha

Sudanese President Received By Qatari Emir in Doha
March 29, 2009
Al-Jazeera Satellite Television at 1337 gmt on 29 March carries a live relay of the arrival of Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir at the Doha Airport and Qatari Emir Shaykh Hamad Bin-Jasim Al Thani giving him a red carpet reception.
Showing Umar al-Bashir walking out of the plane and received by the Qatari emir, A-Jazirah anchorwoman says: "Some of the Sudanese ruling party members had fears about the Sudanese president's decision to take this flight."
At 1340 gmt, Al-Jazeera interviews live over satellite Al- Jazeera's correspondent Muhammad al-Kabir al-Kutubi, from Doha, who begins by saying that the expected final statement of the Doha summit will voice solidarity with Sudan and rejection of the decision of the International Criminal Court, ICC. He adds that "Al- Bashir's arrival in Doha is the first success of the Qatari diplomacy which culminated in bringing the Sudanese president and in his participation, which will definitely steal the lights at the summit."
Speaking further of the expected final statement at the Doha summit, Al-Kutubi adds: "I would like to note that the draft statement has been approved by all Arab countries without exceptions, including Jordan, Djibouti, and Comoros who are signing parties to the ICC."
For her part, Al-Jazeera anchorwoman notes "news leaks to Al- Jazeera from the Arab League that Arab leaders will make a request or a recommendation that Arab countries in general reconsider dealing with the ICC."
Originally published by Al-Jazeera TV, Doha, in Arabic 1337 29 Mar 09.
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