President Obama today called Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi of Iraq to congratulate him on Iraqi forces’ recent successes in Ramadi and to underscore the United States’ enduring support for Iraq in its fight against ISIL. President Obama praised the courage and tenacity of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in continuing operations to liberate Ramadi, noting that the United States and our counter-ISIL Coalition partners will continue to intensify support for the ISF in these efforts, in coordination with the Iraqi Government. The President also praised Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s plans with Anbar Governor Rawi to stabilize Ramadi and create the conditions necessary for residents to return home.
President Obama reiterated the U.S. commitment to work together with international partners to support Iraq’s efforts to stabilize and strengthen its economy. The President emphasized the need to take measures to improve the structural integrity of Mosul Dam and noted the United States’ continued support for efforts to ensure timely maintenance work.
On regional issues, Prime Minister Al-Abadi and President Obama discussed their mutual concern over Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr and the attacks against Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic facilities. They agreed on the need for all regional parties to demonstrate restraint, avoid provocative rhetoric or behavior, and avoid a worsening of sectarian tensions. They agreed on the importance that all parties maintain diplomatic engagement and dialogue. President Obama reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Iraq’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and called on Turkey to do the same by withdrawing any military forces that have not been authorized by the Iraqi government. Finally, President Obama and Prime Minister Al-Abadi reaffirmed their commitment to the strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq and their determination to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.