Haniyeh is trying to look more statesman-like with this regional tour. There is, curiously, not a peep in this report about Bashir’s status as a war criminal wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide in Darfur. Then again, Bashir is consistently protected by the OIC and the Arab League. In this regard, Haniyeh is following the party line, and Hamas also has its own long-standing presence in Sudan, as noted below.
If an Israeli makes a face at a Palestinian, it is an urgent matter for the UN. But Bashir’s history? Not a word. “Gaza premier, Hamas leaders meet Sudan’s Bashir,” from Agence France-Presse, December 29:
Gaza’s Hamas premier Ismail Haniya held talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Thursday on his first official regional tour since the Islamists’ 2007 power seizure in the Palestinian enclave.
Haniya, who arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday, was joined in the meeting by other high-ranking Hamas leaders — the first time they had met as a group with Bashir, whose country has close ties with Hamas.
The Palestinian group has long maintained a base in Sudan, where its exiled chief Khaled Meshaal is a frequent visitor.
Meshaal joined the hour-long talks with Bashir, as did key Hamas figures Mahmud Zahar, a former foreign minister, and Mussa Abu Marzuk.
“From the Arabs and Islamic countries we want finance and political support to confirm that Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state,” Haniya told reporters after the meeting.
He also came to Khartoum for the Al-Quds Forum, an annual gathering which focuses on Jerusalem, the eastern sector of which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war and annexed shortly afterwards….