Obama urges Iraqis to adopt election law soon
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Iraqis to adopt an election law that would enable the country's national polls to take place as scheduled in January, Reuters reported.
Obama spoke by telephone with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Monday and on Tuesday visited with him as when he dropped in on a meeting Talabani was having with White House National Security Adviser James Jones.
The White House said in a statement that Obama had urged Talabani to continue efforts toward national unity.
"The president conveyed to President Talabani support for Iraqi efforts to adopt an election law soon," the statement added.
U.S. officials see the January elections as crucial to breaking a logjam on a law to equitably distribute oil wealth and resolve internal boundary disputes.
With U.S. combat operations due to end in Iraq by August 2010, the United States hopes to leave behind a relatively stable Iraq but is running out of time and influence among Iraq's leaders.