A link has been sent. Done Obama throws support behind Maliki successor in Iraq 23 minutes ago . View photo US President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement on the situation in Iraq at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2014 (AFP Photo/Nicolas Kamm ) Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Monday urged a quick political transition in Iraq in a rebuke to controversial prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. Obama said that he as well as Vice President Joe Biden called prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi to offer support, as US forces conduct air strikes against Sunni Islamist extremists who have swept across Iraq. Stressing his position that there is “no American military solution” to the Iraq crisis, Obama called Abadi’s nomination to replace the controversial Nuri al-Maliki “a promising step.” “The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government,” Obama said, after criticism that Maliki has ruled divisively to advance Iraq’s Shiite majority.
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. CHILMARK, Massachusetts (AP) President Barack Obama spent part of his vacation Monday on foreign policy, speaking on the phone with the leaders of Italy and Ukraine and getting briefed by his national security team on the developments in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza, the White House said. Two top Obama foreign policy advisers national security adviser Susan Rice and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes traveled with the president during his vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. The White House said Obama spoke separately Monday with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Obama’s call with the Ukrainian leader comes amid Russia’s announcement that it will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, a move the West strongly opposes. The White House said Obama and Poroshenko agreed that any Russian intervention in Ukraine without formal consent and authorization of that country’s government “would be unacceptable and a violation of international law.” The president also likely to address the situation in Iraq at a Democratic fundraiser Monday evening.
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“Today Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort,” Obama said in brief remarks. Speaking to reporters from the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family, the president also said U.S. forces had successfully carried out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq and had stepped up military advice to Iraqis and Kurds. Obama said he spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi to congratulate him and to urge him to quickly form a new cabinet that is broadly representative of Iraq’s different ethnic and religious communities. “This new Iraqi leadership has a difficult task,” Obama said. “It has to regain the confidence of its citizens by governing inclusively and by taking steps to demonstrate its resolve.” Obama late last week authorized air strikes in Iraq to protect U.S.
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CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) President Barack Obama is planning to speak about the latest political developments in Iraq later this afternoon. The White House said he would begin speaking at 4:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The crisis in Iraq comes as Obama is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard.