Iraqi President Jalal Talabani kicked off a landmark visit to Iran, voicing confidence he could win the Islamic republic’s support in the fight against the insurgency raging in his country.
“I am sure they will help us. Terrorism is against everyone: Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds. I am sure the Iranian side will give us any kind of help to eradicate terrorism,” said Talabani, the first Iraqi head of state to visit Iran in nearly four decades.
Ties between Iran and Iraq’s new authorities have been relatively close, with Baghdad’s new government dominated by Kurdish figures like Talabani and Shiites who were backed by Tehran during ousted dictator Saddam Hussein’s rule.
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