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Readout of the Vice President's Call with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the crisis in Iraq and other regional issues. The Vice President welcomed the release of some of the Turkish citizens being held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The Vice President and Prime Minister agreed on the importance of supporting lasting security and stability in Iraq and the cooperation of all Iraq’s communities.