Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, in hospital in Jordan suffering from exhaustion and dehydration, will be discharged in two or three days, Baghdadâ€™s ambassador in Amman said yesterday.â€œThe Iraqi presidentâ€™s health is good… he is convalescing in hospital and will leave in two or three days at the most,â€ Saad Jassem al-Hayyani said.
On Thursday, Talabaniâ€™s personal physician Ayar Jar Hishmat said the 74-year-old presidentâ€™s health was â€œalmost back to a normal state,â€ and that he could be discharged â€œwithin days, not weeksâ€ after treatment involving â€œIV (intravenous) fluids and antibiotics.â€
Talabani himself on Thursday promised in an address broadcast on Iraqi television from the King Hussein Medical Centre in Amman that he would soon return to work.
â€œI pledge to my people that I will be active for a new Iraq and thank God for his grace. I think I am in good health, contrary to rumours,â€ said the Kurdish former freedom fighter.
â€œI will come back healthy to return to my mission of peace, liberty and national unity,â€ he added.
Talabani was flown to Jordan on Sunday in a US military aircraft equipped with medical facilities from his hometown of Suleimaniyah in northern Iraq, suffering from extreme fatigue and dehydration.