But he warned that an immediate withdrawal of U.S.-led forces would be a catastrophe for Iraq and would lead to civil war, with harmful consequences for the whole Middle East.
"We don't want British forces forever in Iraq. Within one year, I think at the end of 2006, Iraqi troops will be ready to replace British forces in the south," Talabani said in the interview with Jonathan Dimbleby for Independent Television. The station released details from the interview before it aired.
Britain's top soldier, Gen. Sir Mike Jackson, said Sunday that the timetable was "well within the range of what is realistically possible."
"The president has said that we could leave within year or so. I would agree we most certainly could. But it's a question of achieving the right conditions," Jackson told the British Broadcasting Corp.'s "Sunday A.M." program.
In other developments:
Saadoun al-Dulaimi's visit to Jordan followsin this kingdom's capital, Amman, by the al Qaeda in Iraq terror group, which killed 57 people.
Saturday's posting on a Web site run by former Baath Party members appeared to confirm an e-mail announcing the death of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri that circulated Friday. He was believed to be at least 62.
CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier reports that the death may not impact the insurgent effort because most of the cells operate independently and do not need orders from above.
Pressed on whether his assessment amounted to a commitment, Talabani replied: "Well, I haven't been in negotiations, but in my opinion and according to my study of the situation, I can say that it is the just estimation of the situation ... There is not one Iraqi that wants that forever the troops remain in the country."
He said, however, that immediate withdrawal "would lead to a kind of civil war and ... we will lose what we have done for liberating Iraq from worst kind of dictatorship."
"Instead of having a democratic, stable Iraq, we will have a civil war in Iraq, we will have troubles in Iraq, (and they) will affect all the Middle East."
Talabani called for a gradual pullout, with close coordination between coalition nations and the Iraqi authorities.
During his Iraq visit, Annan referred to the need to curb ongoing violence — both in Iraq and neighboring Jordan, where suicide bombings Wednesday killed at least 57 people in three hotels in the capital of Amman. The al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist group, which has carried out scores of attacks in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the Jordan bombings.
"Even those who are at a distance feel the pain and the misery that is being inflicted on families and innocent civilians," Annan said.
U.N. operations in Iraq were scaled down sharply after a truck bomber attacked the world body's Baghdad headquarters on Aug. 19, 2003. The attack killed 23 people, including the top U.N. envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.
"The Secretary General's trip to Iraq and Jordan puts the proposed U.N. terrorism convention on the front burner," said CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst Pamela Falk, "because the lesson learned from Iraq is that the U.S. cannot go it alone in the war on terror."
"Annan's work on the Hariri assassination investigation in Syria and Lebanon as well as in the Middle East peace talks and the Jordan attacks have enabled the Security Council to shape a global approach to fighting terror," Falk reported from the U.N. "With more regional interest in stopping arms flows to terror groups and cutting off financing, Annan's hand is strengthened to get a strong counter-terror convention passed."
As Annan arrived, a car rigged with explosives detonated in the New Baghdad neighborhood as crowds shopped there, killing eight, police Lt. Col. Hassan Chaloub said. Dozier reports the car bomb turned the Saturday morning market into an inferno,