CAIRO, Jan. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiar
al-Zibari has stressed that holding the Iraqi elections on Jan. 30 has reached a
point of no return, Egypt's Arabic-language daily al-Ahram reported on
Zibari said in an interview with the daily that any
change of the election date would mean Iraq and democracy have given in to
In the past, the Iraqi people suffered from
isolation but now they will never accept to be marginalized, the minister
"Elections are not the magic wand which could solve
all Iraqi problems, but they are the point from which we can start to have all
foreign troops withdraw and then practise self-determination," he
He welcomed the Arab League to take the responsibility
of monitoring the elections.
The interim Iraqi government
has contacted opposition parties in an effort to have all Iraqis take part in
the political process, he said.
"We repeat time and again
that any meeting to reach national reconciliation must be held in Iraq and
anyone wanting to give a hand must take his moves toward these directions," he
He expressed optimism at good participation in the
elections, which he said could gain credibility.
Iraqi diplomat participated in an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign
ministers, which was held in Cairo on Thursday.
elections would be held on Jan. 30 for an interim 275-seat national