The Security Council meeting was called for later this month by South Africa to improve cooperation between the council and regional groups. South Africa currently holds the Security Council's month-long presidency.
Bashir's press advisor, Mahjoub Fadul, told Reuters the president had informed Sudan's permanent representative to the United Nations that he would not be going to New York.
"He already has plans and it was short notice," Fadul said, adding that the foreign minister would represent Sudan.
Another government official told Reuters the invite was "more of a summons than an invite" so Bashir was unlikely to accept.
Other countries invited to the meeting include Sudan's neighbours Chad and the Central African Republic.
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