Prime Minister Maliki speaks with Vice President Biden

On January 26, 2014, Prime Minister al-Maliki and Vice President Biden spoke over the phone to discuss the events in Iraq and the region.

Vice President Biden reiterated the United States’ support for Iraq in its fight against al-Qaeda and commended the Government of Iraq’s commitment to integrate tribal forces fighting AQI/ISIL. In addition, Vice President Biden commended Prime Minister Maliki for Iraq’s commitment to rebuild communities in Anbar damaged from fighting and to provide compensation for those injured and killed protecting Iraqi citizens from AQ/ISIL.

Vice President Biden also extended his congratulations to Iraq’s national soccer team who won the Under-22 Asia Cup.