Malawi Welcomes Sudanese President Al-Bashir

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, in full military dress, waves to his supporters as he visits the military hospital, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday April 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf) | AP

BLANTYRE, Malawi -- The southern African nation of Malawi is welcoming Sudan's president despite his war crimes indictment.

Omar al-Bashir's arrival Thursday for a regional summit follows previous visits to Chad, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. He also went to South Sudan, carved out of his country, for independence festivities earlier this year.

The International Criminal Court has issued warrants for al-Bashir's arrest on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region.

The ICC has no police force, depending on member states for enforcement. Malawi signed the U.N. statute establishing the ICC, but President Bingu wa Mutharika has complained the court targets Africans.

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