The Iraqi president is in Iran to plead for help in improving his country’s worsening security situation. Jalal Talabani said he wanted to improve ties with his neighbour in a bid to fight terrorism and create stability. The visit was delayed by two days due to a curfew brought in after a wave of bombings in Baghdad last week killed more than 200. The attacks were the worst since the US-led invasion in 2003.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has promised to help Iraq in whatever way he can. But analysts believe Tehran’s influence may be limited. It comes as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said that drastic action is necessary to stop Iraq descending into all-out civil war.