Vice President Biden telephones Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki for second time in 24 hours

Vice President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki spoke Wednesday for the second time in 24 hours concerning increased violence in Iraq and Iraqi government outreach efforts.
Posted By JC Finley  |  Jan. 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday, a day after the two spoke on the phone to discuss a recent surge by al-Qaida forces in Iraq.

The White House released a statement about the phone call between the two leaders.

In Wednesday's phone call, Biden encouraged the Iraqi government's continued outreach to its citizens following increased activity by al-Qaida, discussed Iraq's upcoming elections and was briefed by Maliki on the most recent situation in Anbar province.

This morning, Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Vice President encouraged the Prime Minister to continue the Iraqi government’s outreach to local, tribal, and national leaders and welcomed the Council of Ministers’ decision to extend state benefits to tribal forces killed or injured in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). He also welcomed Prime Minister Maliki’s statement earlier today affirming that Iraqi elections will occur as scheduled, as well as the Prime Minister’s commitment to ensuring that humanitarian aid is reaching people in need. Prime Minister Maliki updated the Vice President on the situation in Anbar province, including a series of political initiatives that are underway at the local and national level. The Vice President underscored that America will support and assist Iraq in its fight against international terrorism.

Biden and Maliki spoke on the phone Tuesday about al-Qaida activity in Anbar province.

[White House] [UPI]

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