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US Vice-President Joe Biden calls Iraq PM nomination 'key milestone'

Published on Aug 12, 2014 12:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States hailed the nomination of a new Iraqi prime minister as a "key milestone" on Monday and offered to step up help in rolling back gains by Islamic militants.

Vice-President Joe Biden made the offer in a call to Iraqi President Fuad Masum, who had earlier asked Haidar al-Abadi to form a new government, replacing that of incumbent premier Nouri al-Maliki.

The Vice-President also relayed US President Barack Obama's congratulations and restated "his commitment to fully support a new and inclusive Iraqi government," the White House said.

According to the White House, Mr Abadi told Mr Biden he intended "to move expeditiously to form a broad-based, inclusive government capable of countering the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and building a better future for Iraqis from all communities."

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