Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement on Tuesday (3 October) on the death of Jalal Talabani:
I was saddened to learn of the death of former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. As President, Jalal Talabani rendered his country great service during a difficult period in Iraq’s history. He had been receiving medical treatment in Germany. I would like to express my profound sympathy to the people of Iraq. My thoughts are with Jalal Talabani’s family.