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Iraqi Officials: Ailing Iraqi President in Jordan for Medical Treatment

Iraqi officials say President Jalal Talabani has arrived in Jordan for medical treatment after falling ill from hard work in recent days.

Iraqi sources say President Talabani experienced a drop in blood pressure, but the sources ruled out a possible heart attack. His son, Qubad Talabani, told VOA Kurdish service that his father is suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.

Media reports quoting the officials say Mr. Talabani will be treated at a hospital in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

A statement from Mr. Talabani's office said there is no cause for concern.

The Iraqi president is in his early 70s.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.