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Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of the Vice President's Call with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain

Vice President Biden spoke today with King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain. The Vice President underscored America’s commitment to a partnership with Bahrain that has spanned seven decades, as well as America’s enduring and overlapping interests in Bahrain’s security, stability, and reform.  

The Vice President and the King also discussed the situation in Iraq. They agreed on the need for Iraqi leaders to set aside sectarian agendas and come together to confront the serious security threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. 

Vice President Biden and King Hamad also spoke about ongoing efforts at reform and dialogue within Bahrain. The Vice President encouraged the Government of Bahrain, opposition parties, and all segments of Bahraini society to reach agreement on meaningful reforms and a path forward that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis.