AMMAN, Jan. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The Iraqi elections should be held as scheduled on Jan. 30 and with the participation of all sectors of Iraqi community, visiting Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini said here Wednesday.
Fini, on a two-day visit to Jordan, told a press conference that he
hoped the Iraqi elections would be a starting point for a new phase of freedom
and democracy in the war-torn country. "Our existence in Iraq is limited to
humanitarian purposes," the minister said, reiterating Italy did not take part
in the war against Iraq.
The Italian official criticized the US-led war, saying when the US
government launched the military actions, it did not consider the consequences
of the war.
Fini said he held talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Deputy
Prime Minister Marwan Muasher over a number of regional issues, particularly the
Iraqi and Palestinian issues. He highlighted Jordan's efforts to achieve peace
and security in the region.
Fini, who arrived in Amman on Tuesday, is on a regional tour that
will also take him to Syria and Lebanon. Enditem