ADAM SCHRECK | Associated Press
Published — Thursday 20 December 2012
Last update 19 December 2012 9:57 pm
BAGHDAD: Foreign medical experts rushed to Baghdad yesterday to assist Iraqi doctors treating ailing President Jalal Talabani, whose condition is said to be improving after he suffered a stroke.
Talabani, a member of Iraq’s Kurdish minority, was taken to the hospital late Monday and doctors worked to stabilize him into the following day. His illness raises new concerns about Iraq’s stability, which is being tested anew by a recent spike in tensions between the central government and the Kurds.
Deputy Health Minister Issam Namiq said medical teams from Iran and Germany had arrived to assist with the treatment, and that additional experts from Britain are on their way.
He said the president is getting better, though he offered no details about the severity of the illness.
“His condition is stable. And I underline here that there is an improvement in his condition compared with yesterday,” he said.
Neighboring Turkey has offered to send an air ambulance to fly the president to a hospital abroad.
Kurdish lawmaker Mahmoud Othman also described Talabani’s condition as improving, saying in a phone interview that he is “in a better situation than yesterday.”
Doctors are considering whether to send Talabani abroad for treatment, but no decision has been made, Namiq said.