KHARTOUM– Sudan has expressed its appreciation over the position taken by Jordan when the International Criminal Court (ICC) said it would refer the Hashemite Kingdom to the United Nations Security Council over the presence of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir at the recent Arab Summit in Amman and the alleged failure of Jordan to co-operate with the ICC in apprehending him to face charges at the ICC in The Hague.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in media statement here Thursday that reception of the various representatives of governments and States, both those party and non-party to the Rome Statute establishing the ICC, during bilateral or regional events, shows the respect of these countries for and observance of settled international norms and international law on the immunity of Heads of State.

It added that the position of these countries and governments also showed their understanding of the roles played by Heads of State in boosting co-operation among various countries and peoples of the world.

The statement said it considers targeting the President is actually undermining political and security stability in Sudan and proves the vision of African leaders who rejected the ICC’s selective approach and its implementation of a political agenda that are burdened with personal ambitions and interest at the expense of the security, stability and peace of African countries.

The Ministry stressed that Sudan would continue co-operating with international and regional partners for achieving a final and comprehensive peace in Darfur, South Kordufan and Blue Nile regions in this country, in a way which would boost the national accord process, achieve comprehensive and sustainable development and boost the role of Sudan in the international peace and security.