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The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of Vice President Biden's Call with Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani

The Vice President spoke today to Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani to reiterate U.S. Government support for an inclusive Iraqi government that reflects the results of the election.  The two agreed that all winning coalitions should be included in the new government and the Vice President expressed support for a meeting between the leaders of these coalitions to hammer out power-sharing arrangements in accordance with the constitution.  The Vice President reiterated that the United States is not backing specific candidates and urged Barzani, as he is urging all Iraqi leaders, to expedite efforts to form an inclusive and legitimate government responsive to the needs of the Iraqi people.