Britain has proposed bringing Iraq's neighbors together with leading economic nations to help Iraq build on the results of Sunday's elections.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Monday he will call an early meeting of G-Eight nations and what is known as the Sharm-el-Sheik group (Iran, Syria, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia) to foster international support for Iraq.
Elsewhere in Europe, several leaders who opposed the war joined London and Washington in declaring Sunday's vote a success.
French President Jacques Chirac told President Bush the elections are an important stage in Iraq's reconstruction.
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Iraqis deserve great recognition for heading to the polls despite the danger. But he reaffirmed Germany's refusal to send troops to the country.
Russia's President Putin called the vote a historic event.
Praise also came from Asian countries, including China, which said it hopes the vote brings stability to Iraq.