Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gore Meets Saddam's Foes Vice President Vows Vigilance in Iraq

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gore Meets Saddam's Foes Vice President Vows Vigilance in Iraq

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Al Gore told Iraqi opposition leaders in a meeting yesterday that Saddam Hussein stands in the way of Middle East peace and "must be removed from power."

"I believe that there can be no peace for the Iraqi people and a genuine peace for the people of the Middle East so long as Saddam is in a position to brutalize his people and threaten his neighbors," Gore told representatives of forces trying to topple the Iraqi president.

Gore, the Democratic presidential candidate, was showcasing his foreign policy responsibilities as vice president yesterday-- experience that his campaign said makes him better prepared to be president than his Republican opponent, Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Immediately after his meeting with the Iraqis, Gore was shifting gears for talks with Armenian President Robert Kocharyan. Gore was also presiding over an official dinner for Kocharyan in the State Department's Thomas Jefferson Room.

Ahmad Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress, was among the nine Iraqi opposition figures seated with Gore around a circular conference table at the State Department. …

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