Iraqi president Talabani delays trip to Iran

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Friday he has postponed a scheduled trip to Iran until Baghdad's airport is reopened. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the country's top officials, Talabani said he would fly as soon as the airport opens. The government closed the airport until further notice Thursday night after several explosions killed and wounded hundreds of people in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Sadr City. President Bashar Assad of Syria was supposed to join Talabani and their Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this weekend but reports from Tehran said Syria appears to be staying away from the summit. "The Tehran visit is still on but the airport is closed. As soon as the airport opens we will leave to Tehran," Talabani said. "The airport will be closed tomorrow but if it opens after tomorrow we will go," the president said.