Rwanda President Paul Kagame says he is ready to host Sudan president Omar al-Bashir at the June/July African Union summit in Kigali.
He was addressing press shortly after the World Economic Forum held in the capital this week.
Kagame said Rwanda was ready to host the AU Summit, having gained experience and confidence from hosting the World Economic Forum and other important global events before it.
He was then asked by journalists where he would receive Bashir who is wanted by International Criminal Court [ICC] on war crimes.
“Rwanda has no reason for blocking Bashir from attending the AU summit,” Kagame was loud and clear.
He explained that Rwanda was not concerned by the ICC issue because is not signatory to the ICC.
He said Rwanda will host all dignitaries provided they have been invited by AU including Bashir.
“We are not the organisers of the AU summit; we will be the hosts. So, if the AU invite Bashir, then we can only host him.”
He continued: “’if the organizers invite Bashir and I think they will….on what basis, who are we to say you can’t come here?”
Kagame clarified that he was not concerned with the ICC and has no business with the ICC.
This comes at a time US is holding Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at ransom for hosting Bashir at his inauguration ceremony.
US officials even walked out of the ceremony after Museveni insulted the ICC which had directed him to arrest Bashir.