Jalal Talabani Quotes

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.




Jalal Talabani, Kurdish leader, President of Iraq, Speaking to a reporter, 2005

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

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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