After arriving in the US, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will be treated in a New York hospital – possibly for the injuries he got during an assassination attempt in June.
Saleh is believed to have suffered serious burns when a mosque near the presidential palace was bombed.
The attack came after Saleh tried to avoid handing over power, which he had earlier agreed to do, leading to violent clashes on the streets between his opponents and security forces.
Yemeni officials have not revealed the details of what kind of medical treatment he will be receiving in America.
Saleh has denied he needs to be seen by doctors in the US, claiming it is a short trip and he will be back in Yemen to help prepare for presidential elections on February 21.
After months of protests that formed part of the Arab Spring, an agreement saw Saleh avoid prosecution as he handed over some of his powers to his deputy. The deal also established a transitional government.