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Clock Boy Meets Sudan's President

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Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family's home in Irving, Texas, Sept. 17, 2015.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family's home in Irving, Texas, Sept. 17, 2015.

A 14-year-old boy, who was arrested when a homemade clock he brought to school was thought to be a bomb, got to meet Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, according to Sudanese state-run radio.

Ahmed Mohamed, whose father is a Sudanese immigrant, sparked a firestorm after being handcuffed and arrested last month when a digital clock he made caused suburban Dallas school officials to call police.

His arrest set off protests, with people saying he had been arrested because he is Muslim.

Charges against Mohamed were never filed.

Mohamed met Bashir at the presidential compound in Khartoum, the radio report said.

According to the report, Mohamed said he was pleased to meet Bashir and said he would return to Sudan with another homemade project.

Mohamed’s father, Hassan al-Sufi, was a presidential candidate opposed to Bashir.

The Sudanese president is no stranger to controversy as he is wanted by the International Criminal Court for his alleged role in war crimes in Darfur. Bashir denies the charges.

Bashir is likely not the only VIP Mohamed will get to meet.

He has been invited to the White House by President Barack Obama in addition to receiving praise from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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