Saturday, November 27, 2004

Iran wants quick Iraq elections - (United Press International)

Iran wants quick Iraq elections - (United Press International): "Iran wants quick Iraq elections

Tehran, Iran, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Iran's President Mohammad Khatami said Saturday that holding Iraqi elections quickly and forming a democratic government would restore stability and security.

He said during a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Ibrahim al-Jaafari in the Iranian capital, Tehran, that all Iraqi sects and political parties should participate in the Iraqi general elections due on Jan. 30.

According to an official statement following the meeting, Khatami called on regional countries to cooperate with the elected Iraqi government "in order to eliminate the elements of chaos."

He said the new government should be formed from "within the Iraqi people," and insisted that Iran "feels more responsible than any other country in achieving security and calm in Iraq.""

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