Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, left on Wednesday for the Arab League summit in Baghdad, official radio reported.
"Bashir left Khartoum for Baghdad, heading the country's delegation in the Arab League summit," state-run Radio Omdurman said.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's office had announced on Sunday that Bashir would attend the meeting, but until Wednesday's radio report there had been no official comment about the trip within Sudan.
The Iraqi foreign ministry has said on its website that "the protection of President al-Bashir is guaranteed one hundred percent," adding that the same applied to all summit participants.
The Hague-based ICC issued an arrest warrant for Bashir in 2009 for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur, the country's western region. A later warrant added genocide to the charges.
Bashir, who has since made several visits abroad, especially to other African states, leaves as diplomats from Sudan and South Sudan work to avert war after border clashes this week sparked international fears of a wider conflict.
Source: AFP Global Edition