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For Immediate Release

Readout of Vice President Biden's Conversation with Iraqi President Fuad Masum

Vice President Biden called President Masum earlier today to congratulate him on his selection and swearing-in as Iraq’s President.  The Vice President and President Masum agreed on the need for Iraqis to unite to address the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  They agreed on the importance of forming a new Iraqi government as quickly as possible and working to arrive at an agreed-upon roadmap for governance.  President Masum expressed the importance of restoring trust and confidence among all of Iraq’s communities and continuing to rebuild Iraq’s relations in the region.  The Vice President made clear that the United States remains committed to assist Iraq in these efforts consistent with the Strategic Framework Agreement.