US and Iraq discuss elections and fight against ISIS
US Vice President Mike Pence held a telephone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday, according to the White House website.
The sides discussed progress on certifying the May 12th election and working to form a new government that is based on the result of the election and is representative of all of Iraq’s citizens.
Pence expressed gratitude for Iraq’s support to the international coalition to defeat ISIS and noted that more security and economic improvements in Iraq were necessary to capitalize on ISIS’ defeat.
The US Vice President and Iraq's Prime Minister also conveyed their shared commitment to protecting victims of religious persecution at the hands of ISIS and discussed USAID Administrator Mark Green’s upcoming visit to Iraq in support of this effort.