President Bush and Iraq's Interim President Ghazi al-Yawar both say they are committed to holding Iraqi elections on January 30th as scheduled.
After talks with Mr. Bush at the White House, Mr. Yawar said he believes the elections will be the first harvest of the effort of liberating Iraq. He said most of the Iraqi people are eager to go and cast their votes freely for the first time in 45 years.
President Bush said the desire of people to vote overwhelms the capacity of terrorists. He also said he agreed to a request from the Iraqi president to provide additional troops to secure polling places.
Concerns about election violence have prompted the United States to boost troop levels in Iraq from 138,000 to 150,000.