Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister Al-Abadi of Iraq

Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi today to reaffirm continued U.S. support for the Iraqi government’s ongoing efforts to defeat ISIL. The Vice President thanked Prime Minister Al-Abadi for his steadfast leadership in Iraq and for promoting national unity at a time of significant security challenges, including today’s ISIL attack on Ramadi. The Vice President assured the Prime Minister of continued and expedited U.S. security assistance to confront ISIL. This will include delivery of heavy weaponry, including AT-4 shoulder-held rockets to counter Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices, additional ammunition, and supplies for Iraqi forces. Both leaders agreed on the importance and urgency of mobilizing tribal fighters working in coordination with Iraqi Security Forces to counter ISIL and to ensure unity of effort among all of Iraq’s communities.