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Talabani gives first interview since entering hospital, says he is in good health

Talabani gives first interview since entering hospital, says he is in good health

In his first interview since he was admitted to hospital, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Thursday he was in good health and would be returning to his country, but gave no date.
"I enjoy good health, despite the rumors you've heard," Talabani, 73, told Associated Press Television News in an interview recorded at al-Hussein Medical City, a hospital in the Jordanian capital of Amman.
Talabani collapsed Sunday in northern Iraq, suffering from exhaustion and dehydration caused by lung and sinus infections. He was flown to Jordan for treatment later the same day.
He was rumored to have suffered a heart attack, but this was denied by his doctor and spokesman.
Wearing a light blue shirt and navy blue dressing gown, Talabani spoke in his normal tone of voice, but appeared to be weary. He frowned as if he were making an effort and he continuously looked down during the interview. A vase of white and yellow lilies stood behind his head.
"God willing, I will return safe and in a very good health to my country to continue my task with the Iraqi people," he said.
His personal physician, Yedgar Hishmat said earlier Thursday that the president was in "very good health and recovering rapidly."
"He is in a convalescence phase, but he still needs to finish his antibiotic course and is expected to leave the hospital within days," said Hishmat, who accompanied Talabani from Iraq.
Talabani said his illness had perhaps been useful because it ensured that he received a full medical checkup.
He vowed to continue working for "a new, free, democratic, federal and united Iraq."
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