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Biden Calls Iraqi Speaker, Kurdistan President, Continues Push for Inclusive Government

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 03:04:03 +0000

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden spoke with the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Salim al-Jabouri, and Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday, hoping to reaffirm support for a new Iraqi government and urge all sides to work to form a new, inclusive government.

According to readouts of the calls, both Barzani and al-Jabouri expressed their support of newly selected Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi. Biden expressed President Obama's interest in working closely with Iraq's next government to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and to ensure the organization can no longer pose a threat to the Iraqi people.

Biden agreed to continue regular communication with both leaders, while also keeping them abreast of the latest humanitarian aid provided by the U.S. to refugees on Mount Sinjar.

Biden called for all sides to work with Prime Minister-designate al-Abadi as he attempts to build a diverse and inclusive government to represent all Iraqis.

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