Obama tells Iraqi leader U.S. wants 'inclusive' Iraq

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama toldvisiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday that theUnited States wants an inclusive, prosperous Iraq free ofviolence.

After their private talks in the White House Oval Office,the president told reporters the United States wants Iraq topass a law on elections so Iraqis can discuss their differencespolitically instead of resorting to violence.

In response, Maliki said he wants elections scheduled fornext year to be held on time and that he is in total agreementwith Obama on the need for a peaceful solution in Iraq, where anestimated 7,000 civilians have been killed this year.

Obama said he and Maliki discussed how to push back againstal Qaeda's operation in Iraq.

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