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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President and Vice President's calls to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

The President and Vice President each spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki today to congratulate him on the formation of an inclusive government of national partnership that reflects the results of the national election. The President underscored U.S. support for a long-term partnership with Iraq and his desire to strengthen cooperation with the Iraqi government and people in a range of fields according to the bilateral Strategic Framework Agreement. The Vice President also extended his congratulations to Iraqiyya leader Dr. Ayad Allawi.  The White House applauds the cooperation among Iraqi leaders which was instrumental in today’s success.