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Readout of Vice President Biden's Call with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani

Vice President Biden spoke today with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani.  The two discussed their support for the joint efforts by local and tribal leaders and Iraqi Security Forces to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  Both reaffirmed the need for close coordination among all Iraqi leaders to isolate terrorist networks.  The Vice President encouraged President Barzani, as he has done with leaders in Baghdad and Ankara, to find a common way forward on the matter of energy exports and revenue sharing.  President Barzani agreed to continued dialogue with the Iraqi government to seek agreement on a path forward.  The Vice President emphasized the strong and enduring U.S. support for a unified and federal Iraq as defined under the Iraqi constitution.

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