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Biden calls Iraqi leader for 2nd time this week
Biden calls Iraqi leader for 2nd time this week amid sectarian fighting
Associated Press
2014-01-09 03:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden has spoken for a second time this week to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, voicing support for the Baghdad government's effort to regain control of the city of Fallujah from al-Qaida-linked fighters.

The White House says Biden encouraged al-Maliki to continue talks with local, tribal and national leaders and says Biden welcomed al-Maliki's affirmation Wednesday that Iraqi elections will occur as scheduled in April.

The White House says al-Maliki described a series of political initiatives in the embattled Anbar province. Biden endorsed a decision by Iraq's Council of Ministers to provide state benefits to tribal forces killed or injured fighting al-Qaida-linked fighters.

Biden also spoke to al-Maliki on Monday, voicing concern about those suffering from terrorism.

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