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Iraqi election should be held as scheduled: Italian FM
www.chinaview.cn 2005-01-12 23:09:51

    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

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