BAGHDAD (AP) — The office of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Tuesday he has been admitted to the hospital for treatment of an unspecified health problem.
The president's office posted the brief statement on its official website. It said Talabani was taken to the hospital on Monday evening after showing signs of fatigue.
The statement gave no further details and says a medical report will be issued later. Talabani's spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
An Iraqi Cabinet official said Talabani fainted Monday and remains unconscious. The official agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details about the president's health.
The Iraqi presidency is seen as a largely ceremonial post, though it does retain some powers under Iraq's constitution. The president must sign off on laws approved by parliament and has the power to block executions.
Talabani, a member of Iraq's Kurdish minority, has frequently used the post to mediate disputes within the government and among Iraq's various sects and ethnic groups.
He has recently been working to resolve a standoff between the central government and the Kurds, who have their own fighting force.
The two sides last month moved additional troops into disputed areas along the Kurds' self-rule northern region, prompting fears that fighting could break out.
Talabani last week brokered a deal that calls on both sides to eventually withdraw troops from the contested areas, though there is no timetable for how soon the drawdown might take place.
Talabani met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki earlier Monday. They agreed that al-Maliki would invite a delegation from the Kurdish regional government to Baghdad to continue the talks, according to al-Maliki's office.
Associated Press writer Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin contributed reporting.