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Biden calls Iraqi leader for 2nd time this week

Biden calls Iraqi leader for 2nd time this week amid sectarian fighting

Biden calls Iraqi leader for 2nd time this week

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden has spoken for a second time this week to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, voicing support for the Baghdad government's effort to regain control of the city of Fallujah from al-Qaida-linked fighters.

The White House says Biden encouraged al-Maliki to continue talks with local, tribal and national leaders and says Biden welcomed al-Maliki's affirmation Wednesday that Iraqi elections will occur as scheduled in April.

The White House says al-Maliki described a series of political initiatives in the embattled Anbar province. Biden endorsed a decision by Iraq's Council of Ministers to provide state benefits to tribal forces killed or injured fighting al-Qaida-linked fighters.

Biden also spoke to al-Maliki on Monday, voicing concern about those suffering from terrorism.


Updated : 2021-04-17 20:09 GMT+08:00