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However, if Gen. Bashir is allowed to travel to New York, he would be the first person facing an International Criminal Court arrest warrant to enter the U.S. to attend a U.N. meeting.

“The question of whether the United States is to grant President Bashir a visa is, first and foremost, a matter for the United States to determine, consistent with the applicable rules of international law,” Mr. Haq said.

U.S. officials have not said whether the court warrant is grounds to reject Gen. Bashir’s visa application.

“There are a lot of considerations going into this request, including the outstanding warrant against him,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Friday.

The International Criminal Court last week asked the United States to arrest Gen. Bashir and turn him over to its custody if the Sudanese leader enters the United States.

Although the United States is not among the 122 nations that recognize the court, the Obama administration has established a working relationship with the tribunal.

In March, for example, the United States helped Rwanda arrange the transfer of Congolese rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda to the custody of the court.

Gen. Bashir denies the court charges and has refused to accept the legitimacy of the tribunal.

Sudan’s government criticized the Obama administration for suggesting that Gen. Bashir turn himself over to the International Criminal Court.

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said the U.S. has “no legal right to object to the participation of any official from member states of the U.N. in activities of the U.N.

The United States also is “not morally, politically and legally qualified to provide sermons” on international human rights and humanitarian law, it added.