Iraqi President Jalal Talabani comes out of coma

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 09:49

Tehran: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has come out of coma after suffering a stroke in December, Iran`s Fars news agency reported.

"President Talabani has come back from a coma," Fars cited sources close to the president`s medical team as saying.

Officials in Baghdad, however, did not initially confirm the report, Fars said.

Talabani, an iconic figure representing Iraq`s Kurdish population in the government, was taken to a Baghdad hospital after his stroke and was flown to Germany for further medical treatment a few days later.

Iraq`s presidential office denied media reports that Talabani had died in a Baghdad hospital a week after the stroke.

Meantime, Talabani`s wife Hiro Ahmed Ibrahim and a delegation from Talabani`s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party have reached Tehran for bllateral talks with Iranian officials, Fars said.

Talabani`s recovery will play a key role in soothing ongoing ethnic and sectarian unrests in Iraq, according to observers.


First Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 09:49
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