(WASHINGTON) – President Obama and Vice President Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Tuesday to congratulate him on the success of the national election in the creation of a new coalition government.
"Today, Iraq's political leaders delivered what Iraq's people deserved and expected," Biden said in a paper statement. "I especially want to congratulate Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqiyya leader Ayad Allawi and Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani for the hard work and wise leadership that has brought Iraq to this promising moment."
Both Biden and Obama reiterated the commitment of the United States to a long-term partnership with the country.
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