CAIRO, Jan. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on
Thursday denied reports that Egypt had persuaded Iraqi Sunnis into participating
in the upcoming elections, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.
Abul Gheit also denied reports that Egypt would send observers to Iraq to
monitor the elections scheduled for Jan. 30, saying Egypt has no intentions to
do so and Iraq has not made such a request, said the report.
The minister made the remarks after he returned to Cairo from the Jordanian
capital of Amman where he attended a meeting of Iraq's neighbors.
On Monday, visiting interim Iraqi Defense Minister Hazim Shaalan al-Khuzaei said
here that Iraq has asked Egypt to convince the Sunni sect in Iraq of taking
part in the elections.
The largest Sunni Muslim political group in Iraq announced lastweek that it
will not participate in the elections, citing relentless violence and inadequate
time for preparation.
The legitimacy of the planned elections are increasingly in doubt as
several Iraqi groups decided to boycott it.
Egypt, a Middle East country dominated by Sunni Muslims, has been
pushing the Iraqi interim government for including Sunni Iraqis in the