"I, as the president of Iraq, do not agree with such views," he added.
"Our Iranian brothers are ready for dialogue on any such issues," Talabani said.
"As far as Iranian weapons are concerned it should be mentioned that during Saddam Hussein’s rule Iran provided weapons for the Iraqi opposition groups," he added. " Talabani in the Iranian News Agency
Talabani has a long history of political opportunism. His Kurdish faction, the PUK, has a long if uneven history of alignment with Iran in the various political feuds of the region surrounding Iraq.
It should be remembered that both he and his rivals the Barzanis of the KDP endlessly shifted sides in the decades long struggle between the Kurdish groups and in their inter-actions with the Iraqi and Iranian governments.
Both the PUK and KDP were aligned with Saddam’s government at various points, including after the gas attack on Halabja in Kurdistan. Then there was the long history of covert alliance with CIA, the Israelis, etc.
Bush and Co. want us to believe that their "allies" are angels from the realms of glory. No angels in the Middle East, folks..
As Marshal Lyautey said, "Empires are not built using virgins as tools." pl