Vice President Mike Pence spoke today with Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi of Iraq.  Vice President Pence congratulated the Prime Minister on the formation of a new government and the leaders reaffirmed the strong strategic partnership between the U.S. and Iraq.  Vice President Pence also reiterated the United States’ support for the lasting defeat of ISIS, helping to grow Iraq’s energy sector, and working to improve security and economic conditions in northern Iraq so that communities persecuted by ISIS can return home.