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The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of Vice President Biden's Calls with Iraqi Leaders

Earlier today, the Vice President spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and, separately, with Vice President Adil Abd al-Mahdi.  Both conversations addressed the status of Iraqi negotiations on the formation of a new government.  The Vice President urged the two leaders to expedite efforts to form an inclusive and legitimate government that is responsive to the needs of the Iraqi people.