In an exclusive interview with Euronews’ Mohammed Shaikhibrahim, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir accuses Israeli and American secret services of supporting Islamic extremist groups such as ISIL.
Bashir defends himself against charges of genocide and war crimes brought against him by the International Criminal Court for atrocities in Darfur that he is said to have ordered (more context on that here).
He also shares his thoughts on the secession of South Sudan in 2011 and explains why he will be standing to run again for election later this year.
- Says that the CIA and Mossad are the only organisations with something to gain from the rise of ISIL
- Claims Israeli actions against Palestinians make it easier for ISIL to recruit
- Insists Sudan has succesfully tackled Islamic extremism on its soil thanks to re-education of young would-be jihadists
On genocide and war crimes charges:
- Denies ethnic cleansing in Darfur
- Says ICC accusations are politically motivated to provoke regime change
- Claims charges are part of an ‘anti-Sudan’ campaign
On secession of South Sudan:
- Says he has “no regrets” over South Sudan’s independence despite economic implications for Sudan
Watch the full interview in the player above