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Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Video Teleconference with British Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg

Vice President Biden spoke with British Deputy Prime Minister Clegg today via video teleconference as part of ongoing close U.S.-U.K. consultations.  The two leaders discussed our governments’ responses to the severe flooding in Pakistan and agreed on the need for the international community to redouble efforts to assist the people of Pakistan.  They also discussed NATO ISAF efforts in Afghanistan and our mutual interest in the prompt formation of an inclusive government in Iraq that meets the needs and aspirations of all Iraqi people.  The Vice President reiterated to the Deputy Prime Minister the Administration’s support for the U.S.-U.K. Defense Trade Cooperation treaty.  The Vice President also updated Deputy Prime Minister Clegg on the United States’ efforts to advance peace in the Middle East, including support for direct talks between the parties.