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Iraqi President in US for Weeks of Medical Treatment


Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is in the United States for weeks of medical care, including weight-loss treatment.

Mr. Talabani, a Kurd, arrived at the Mayo Clinic in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota on Sunday.

The Iraqi president, who is in his early 70s, has said he has no health problems except for his weight. Earlier this year, he underwent more than two weeks of treatment in Jordan for exhaustion and dehydration.

Mr. Talabani's role as president is largely ceremonial, but he has been influential in political efforts to try to heal Iraq's sectarian divisions.

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

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