Jalal Talabani

Jalal Talabani
Jalal Talabani
  • Born: November 12, 1933
  • Died: October 3, 2017
  • Nationality: Iraqi
  • Profession: Politician

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Jalal Talabani was an Iraqi Kurdish politician who served as President of Iraq from 2006 to 2014, as well as the President of the Governing Council of Iraq. He was the first non-Arab president of Iraq, although Abdul Karim Qasim was of partial Kurdish heritage. He is known as Mam Jalal (uncle Jalal) in the Middle East. The surname Talabani means 'scholar' in native Kurdish.

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Some Shi'ites are asking that Islam be the only source of laws, which means turning Iraq into an Islamic regime, and that is unacceptable. We accept that the religion of Iraq is Islam, and we must respect Islam and the Islamic identity of Iraqi people. But we think Islam should only be one source of the Iraqi laws. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We will never accept any religious government in Iraq. Never. This is a red line for us. We will never live inside an Islamic Iraq. Management & Managing Government
A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that you can't find in an army without morale.
All I wanted was to be a university teacher. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
As president of Iraq, I shall strive to represent the diversity of a country that has too often in the past denied difference.
Conciliation is not capitulation, nor is compromise to be deemed equivalent to imbalanced concession.
Democracies, unlike dictatorships, are forgiving and generous, but they cannot survive unless they fight.
Every human must take responsibility for his actions.
I shall stand for freedom of thought and expression in a place where it has been trampled and penalized. Freedom & Liberty
Iraq is not occupied, but there are foreign forces on its soil, which is different.
Justice for the major perpetrators cannot be separated from the vindication of the rights of the individual victim.
Military confrontation is not a suitable alternative in confronting terror and current security threats.
My door will always be open to those who genuinely renounce violence and seek peaceful accommodation into our nascent democracy.
Our gratitude to the American people is immense and we should never be embarrassed to express it.
Our plan is to struggle against terrorism and have security for the country and help draft a democratic constitution as soon as possible.
Rather, it is through conciliation and compromise that we are building a fair Iraq, a just state for all its peoples.
Self-determination could mean independence, confederacy, federal and autonomy.
The justice of our cause must be reflected in the manner in which we rectify the crimes of the past.
The Kurdish people have the right of self-determination like every other nation in the world.
The Kurdish people welcome the no-fly zone protection, contrary to the Iraqi regime that is against it.
This will be Iraq for all without discrimination among Iraqi citizens, or ethnic or sectarian discrimination.
We believe that an Iraqi founding national assembly, freely elected, must decide the future of Iraq. Future
We must provide all kinds of freedom, personal and economic, to all Iraqis. I will fight for that. Freedom & Liberty
Wishful thinking is one thing, and reality another.

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