ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is in Minnesota for medical care, according to the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

The Mayo Clinic confirmed that Talabani is in Rochester this week. Clinic spokesman Bryan Anderson said the president has “routine medical appointments.”

It’s not the first visit to the Mayo Clinic for Talabani. The Post-Bulletin reports Talabani was last in Rochester for a checkup in May of last year. He also had heart surgery at the clinic in August 2008.

Talabani could be leaving the clinic as early as Thursday.

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Comments (5)
  1. Kevin says:

    I love how the heads of these thrid world countries come screaming to the Mayo when they are sick……..have you ever treid to get into the Mayo??? Not gonna happen…..

    1. Lori says:

      If you have a need, you’ll been seen at Mayo asap.

    2. BlaBlaBla says:

      They are paying for it. Why do u care?

  2. betty says:

    But the people of Iraq don’t have this luxury. They must be treated by inferior doctors with almost no drugs, etc. to care for them. Don’t you just love it when you read stories how a President of a Country like Iraq, can fly to the Mayo Clinic while his people are dying of diseases. Disgraceful!