US hopes Iran vote shows 'genuine will and desire'

June 13, 2009 21:05

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday the US hopes the outcome of the contested Iranian presidential election reflects the "genuine will and desire" of the Iranian people. "We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran, but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide," Clinton said at an event in Niagara Falls, Ontario. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, in a statement, said the Obama administration is paying close attention to reports of alleged election irregularities. At a joint appearance with Clinton, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said his country was "deeply concerned" by reports of irregularities in the election. "We're troubled by reports of intimidation of opposition candidates' offices by security forces," Cannon said. "Canada is calling on Iranian authorities to conduct fair and transparent counting of all ballots."

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