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Iraq's Neighbors Urge All Iraqis to Vote January 30

Iraq's neighbors have called on all Iraqis to vote in the January 30 polls, saying they must determine their future through democratic means.

The joint statement was issued at the end of a day-long meeting Thursday in the Jordanian capital Amman. It tacitly encouraged Iraq's minority Sunni Muslims to vote, saying "all segments" of the Iraqi people must go to the polls. Some Sunni groups have urged a boycott in the face of escalating violence.

Iraq's neighbors also reaffirmed their respect for Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and pledged not to interfere in Iraq's internal affairs.

When the participants convened earlier, Jordan's foreign minister said the election is a "golden opportunity" for Iraqis to get their country on the right track.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.