AFP – MESOP  – 31.3.2013 – Baghdad- The Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who is being treated in Germany after suffering a stroke, is now able to speak and is able to recognize those around him, his doctor and the governor of northern province of Kirkuk was quoted by AFP as saying on Saturday.

“The president’s health is improving, and he is responding well to treatment,” Najm al-Din Karim said. “He is speaking, reading, eating and undergoing physiotherapy,” Karim said, adding that the memory of Talabani, called Mam Jalal by Kurds, was recovering and he was able to identify those around him. He added: “The German medical team is optimistic his health will continue to improve. His return to Iraq depends on the decision of the medical team in Berlin.”