Iraq’s fugitive Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi left Kurdistan region for Qatar on Sunday, a statement from his office said.
Tareq al-Hashemi is scheduled to stay in Qatar for several days and he will meet with Qatari officials, the statement said.
The Iraqi vice president will also visit other countries before returning to the Kurdistan region, the statement added without specifying the names of the countries, AFP reported.
But according to Arab news,Tareq al-Hashemi will visit Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Al-Hashemi has been named by the government as being involved in deadly violence in the country, has said that he will not face courts in Baghdad, alleging that they are not credible or transparent. Al-Hashimi accuses Iraq’s Shia Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki of persecuting him for being a Sunni.
Al-Hashemi fled to the north after the central government sought his arrest.
Earlier, Iraqi Presidentsaid that al-Hashemi would stand trial only if promises were made regarding its fairness.
On Dec. 19, 2011, Iraq’s interior ministry spokesman, Major General Adel Daham, told Reuters that Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi after the government obtained confessions linking him to what the official described as terrorist activities, including a November 2011 car bombing in the capital Baghdad that apparently targeted Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
On Jan. 8, 2012, the Iraqi government has formally asked authorities in the semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region to hand over Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and 12 of his aides.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Shahristani said that the welcome by Qatar for a wanted person is an unacceptable act by Qatar (...) he must return to Iraq, al-Hashemi is wanted in his country.