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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Body of former Iraq president Jalal Talabani returned to Kurdistan

File photo of Jalal Talabani (AP)
File photo of Jalal Talabani (AP)

Iraqi leaders were among world dignitaries a t Iraqi Kurdistan's Suleimaniyeh airport to pay their respects to the late former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, who died three days ago in Germany.

His coffin, draped in the Kurdish flag, was offloaded from a plane on Friday in front of waiting VIPs.

Iraqi Kurdistan president Mahmoud Barzani, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif and representatives from the US, UN, EU and other states and organisations laid wreaths at the coffin.

Thousands of mourners were waiting for his body to arrive in Suleimaniyeh for a funeral procession.

Mr Talabani, a Kurdish leader who once battled Iraq's central government, accepted the largely symbolic post of Iraq's presidency in 2005.

He was hailed in death as a unifying figure in national politics.


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