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The White House
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

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

Vice President Biden spoke today with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani.  The Vice President expressed his condolences to the recent victims of terrorist violence in Iraq, including the September 29 attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region capital of Erbil.  Both leaders discussed the political and security challenges facing Iraq, and agreed on the need for close coordination between Iraqi political and security leaders to isolate al Qaida networks.  The Vice President emphasized the importance of holding 2014 parliamentary elections on time, and urged all Iraqi leaders to finalize a compromise as soon as possible on the law to govern those elections.