Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has cancelled a planned visit to Baghdad that was scheduled for this week. The presidential palace announced the cancellation today and cited the illness of his Iraqi counterpart, Jalal Talabani, as the reason. Talabani was transferred to Germany on Thursday for medical treatment after suffering a stroke last week in Baghdad. He is said to be in a coma.
Ahmadinejad had to cancel a trip to Turkey earlier this week as well after Iran’s armed forces chief of staff, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, warned that Turkey’s request from NATO to have Patriot missiles deployed on its soil could lead to a “world war.”
File photo: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (IRNA)