Vice President Biden pledges U.S. support to Iraqi president

by Reuters
Friday, 8 August 2014 22:24 GMT

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden phoned Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Friday to discuss U.S. military strikes against Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq and to press Baghdad to quickly form a new government, the White House said.

"The Vice President emphasized the threat ISIL presented to all Iraqis and affirmed the U.S. commitment to support Iraq and all of its citizens - from north to south - as they work to defend the country against this international threat," the White House said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Beech)

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