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Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of Vice President Biden's Call to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

As part of his outreach to U.S. allies and partners, the Vice President spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today to consult on developments in Egypt.  Both leaders welcomed the peaceful change in Egypt and commended the Egyptian army for respecting the wishes of the Egyptian people.  The Vice President also congratulated the Prime Minister on the recent approval by the Council of Representatives of several key ministers, including the Minister of Electricity.  The Vice President commended the Prime Minister for his role in consolidating Iraq's democratic progress, and encouraged the prompt completion of the final steps for government formation, including the appointment of security ministers and the establishment of the National Council for Higher Policies.