UNITED NATIONS – Sudan is using its speech at the United Nations General Assembly to protest the alleged denial of a U.S. visa to its president, who faces war crimes charges.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Ahmed Karti on Friday called the visa denial an "unjustified and unacceptable action" that sets a "very serious precedent in the history of the United Nations."
President Omar al-Bashir would have been the first head of state to address the world body while facing international war crimes and genocide charges. The charges are linked to the conflict in the Darfur region, where about 300,000 people have died since 2003.
The United States had made it clear it did not want al-Bashir in New York.
Thousands in Khartoum on Friday demanded the regime's ouster, angry over rising fuel prices.