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Bashir calms down

05 December 2011, 12:33

Sudan -  Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula on Sunday announced that President Omar Bashir has reversed his decision to expel Kenya’s ambassador in Khartoum.

Speaking to The Star at Wilson Airport, shortly after he arrived from Khartoum, Wetang’ula said Kenya had managed to avert a diplomatic row with Sudan following a High Court ruling to execute an ICC arrest warrant on Bashir if he comes to Kenya. “Sudan had also set out a raft of reprisals that would have affected our economy,” Wetang’ula revealed.

Last year Kenya's tea exports to Sudan were worth US$200 million, Kenya's fifth leading forex earner, Wetang'ula said. Accompanying him was Defence minister Yusuf Haji to deliver a special message from President Kibaki to Bashir. “We managed to stop the reprisals and secure a stay for our ambassador who was supposed to leave Sudan at the lapse of 72 hours on Thursday night,” said Wetang'ula.

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