Bashir could face arrest should he travel to countries that are signatories to the ICC and so far he has only visited countries that are not members of the court.

He had been in Qatar since Sunday, when he arrived in the capital, Doha, in order to attend an Arab League summit.

The United Nations has said that at least 200,000 people have been killed and more than 2.7 million have been forced to flee their homes in Darfur since 2003, when Arab fighters alleged to have the support of the government started fighting black Africans living there.

Khartoum has played down the UN estimates, saying that 10,000 people have died in Darfur since hostilities started.