Sunday, November 28, 2004

Election most basic step for security in Iraq: Rafsanjani

Description of Selected News: "Election most basic step for security in Iraq: Rafsanjani

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Chairman of Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said here on Saturday holding a transparent and comprehensive election in Iraq is the most important and the most basic step for stability and security in Iraq now.

In a meeting with Iraq's First Vice-President Ebrahim Jafari, Rafsanjani said it is through elections that Iraqi people could determine their own fate and achieve their legitimate rights.

He added the only right path in Iraq is accepting the people's will.

Chairman of EC said Iran wants to see Iraq as a sovereign country with territorial integrity and people who decide on their own fate and establish peace and stability.

The Iraqi official elaborated on his country's latest developments and said the main wish of the people is a healthy and comprehensive election which observes and respects the majority vote of the people. He added "in the current sensitive phase we need Iran's help and consultation more than ever."

Jafari described the prospects of Tehran-Baghdad relations as positive and expanding and noted that peace and stability in the region requires friendly, positive and constructive relations between the two important countries of Iran and Iraq."

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