Joe Biden Meets with Iraq's Barham Salih
The White House released a readout of the meeting that took place between US President Joe Biden and Iraqi President Barham Salih: here's what they discussed.
The White House announced Tuesday that US President Joe Biden met with his Iraqi counterpart Barham Salih on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
"Together [Biden and Salih] discussed strengthening the bilateral relationship and deepening cooperation on regional diplomatic initiatives," the White House readout of the meeting said.
Biden stressed the United States' "commitment to stability" in Iraq, as per the readout. It added that the two presidents "reaffirmed their respect for Iraq's democracy, rule of law, and efforts to hold credible and transparent elections this October."
The Democrat president praised the recent initiatives, such as the Baghdad Regional Summit and the historic Pope Francis visit to the country earlier in 2021. He asserted that it was an "important symbol of Iraq's contributions to regional stability and interfaith tolerance."