‘President Jalal Talabani Foundation’ to be announced soon

President Mam Jalal Foundation

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — “President Jalal Talabani Foundation” for culture and development will be announced soon, an official told the formal media of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Monday.

The Kurdistan Region and Iraq in a short future will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the death of former Iraqi President and Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Mam Jalal who died in Germany on October 3, 2017.

“It is decided to announce the foundation as Mam Jalal’s death commemoration day approaches in a special press conference on Thursday,” Mohammed Sabir, the Director of the President Mam Jalal foundation said.

The foundation will hold its first activity on October 3, in Erbil, commemorating the death of late President Mam Jalal. Adding that the event will be attended by senior officials, diplomats, and leaders, according to Sabir.

“The foundation is an unprofitable and non-governmental independent body, it’s a cultural, national, and humanity foundation,” the director elaborated.

“It will also work to introduce the struggles that late leader Mam Jalal has done for the Kurdish people, with preserving and archiving his life,” Sabir added.

President Mam Jalal’s foundation headquarter is based in Sulaimani city, its scope is culture, development, and improvement.

Late leader Jalal Talabani is known among the Kurds as Mam Jalal or Uncle Jalal.

He was the first elected non-Arab president of Iraq who oversaw the immediate aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Talabani was elected as the Iraqi president in 2005 and re-elected for a second term in 2010.

He is also known for his pragmatic and compromising politics that set a balance between Iraq’s various components, including Arabs and Kurds, Shia and Sunni Arabs.

Mam Jalal is portrayed as a Kurdish leader who sacrificed his entire life to achieve the cultural and national rights of the Kurds and is also highly respected in the wider Iraq and the Middle East for his prosperous peace-making policies.

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