U.S. urges Iraqi leaders to speed up process of government formation

09:12, July 23, 2010      

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called Iraqi political leaders, urging them to form " without delay" a government that can work on behalf of the Iraqi people, said the White House.

Earlier on Thursday, Biden spoke by phone with Iraqi Prime Minister and State of Law leader Nouri al-Maliki and with former prime minister and Iraqiyya leader Ayad Allawi to discuss recent developments in Iraq.

"The Vice President reiterated his call for an inclusive government, noting that the United States expects all four winning Iraqi coalitions to play a meaningful role in the process of government formation and in the new government," said a White House statement.

Biden expressed support for the Iraqi leaders' efforts to "form, without delay, a government that can work on behalf of the Iraqi people," said the statement.

Since the March 7 parliamentary election, in which Allawi's secular list won the most 91 seats, just two seats more than that of Maliki's party, Iraqi politicians have been bickering about who should have the right to form the next government, since no party has won a majority in the 325-member parliament.

Source: Xinhua


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