Leaders of Iran

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Alaeddin Boroujerdi - Iraqi Elections Will Restore Stability

Iran Daily: "Iraqi Elections Will Restore Stability

TEHRAN, Jan. 12--A lawmaker on Wednesday underlined the need to hold sound and free general elections in Iraq to restore stability and security to the country.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, expressed hope all ethnic and religious groups could take part in the January 30 elections which will prepare the ground for establishment of an independent Iraq without the presence of foreign troops, IRNA reported.
In his meeting with Secretary-General of Iraq's Kurdestan Islamic Union Salahuddin Mohammad Bahauddin, he underlined the significance of the deeply-rooted religious, cultural and historical bonds between the two countries and briefed the Iraqi official on Iran's stances.
"Iran's policy is based on the need for Iraq's unity and territorial integrity and non-interference of foreigners in that country," he said.
Boroujerdi underscored the need for solidarity among Iraqi groups, saying that Iran's government and Majlis will support Iraq's reconstruction efforts.
"Unity, solidarity and cooperation among ethnic and religious groups in Iraq will neutralize the plots hatched by its enemies," he said.
The Iraqi official, for his part, briefed Boroujerdi about Iraq's current developments.
Bahauddin stressed the need to hold a free and sound election in Iraq with the participation of all Iraqi ethnic groups, expressing hope that Iran-Iraq relations would broaden in the wake of free elections in his country."

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