Statement of Condolence on the Passing of Former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 09:45

Members of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) community are deeply saddened by the passing of the veteran Iraqi Kurdish leader and former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

The University remembers Mam Jalal not just as a political leader, but as one of the first and strongest supporters of the establishment of AUIS ten years ago. He will always be remembered for his conviction in the power of education to bring change, and for supporting the creation of an institution of learning that transcends all sectarian beliefs, ethnic backgrounds and political affiliations. The Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students of AUIS convey their deepest sympathies and condolences to Mr. Talabani's family and to the nation in this time of grief. 

Photo: Mam Jalal Talabani (center) at the groundbreaking ceremony of AUIS with Dr. Barham Salih (right), founder of the University, and former American diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad (left).  

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