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AFP, 11 March 2009

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Eritrea has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir to pay a visit in a show of solidarity after international prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest, the government said Wednesday.

Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki expressed “firm and lasting support” to Beshir in the light of the International Criminal Court’s warrant which was issued last week, said the invitation published by the foreign ministry.

The Sudanese president would visit Eritrea “in the near future,” said a statement from the foreign ministry which was seen in neighbouring Ethiopia.

“The drama being orchestrated by the so-called ICC amply demonstrates the anti-people stance and defamatory conspiracy on the part of external forces,” it added.

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