Monday, August 11, 2014 9:08 am
Biden calls Iraq president, prime minister nominee
The White House says Biden called Iraqi President Fouad Massoum and Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Ibadi Monday morning to express U.S. support for the move to a more inclusive Iraqi government amid a battle against Islamic State militants.
The White House says the vice president commended Massoum for meeting a "key milestone" in nominating al-Ibadi, the deputy parliament speaker.
Incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is accusing Massoum of carrying out "a coup against the constitution and the political process" with al-Ibadi's nomination.
The White House says Biden gave Massoum "the United States' full support for his role as guarantor of the Iraqi Constitution."