Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani is in Damascus.
“Syria stood with us in difficult times. I came here with a large delegation to show our seriousness about advancing our relations with Syria,” he said.
Talabani lived in exile in Syria during the Saddam Hussein years. He formed his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party in Syria, with Syria’s approval. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki was also exiled in Damascus.
Talabani, and his ‘large’ delegation, will be in Damascus for five days – that’s almost a holiday, not a political visit! But then, if I had to choose between Damascus and Baghdad…