BAGHDAD — Vice President Joe Biden on Monday made a final effort to push Iraqi leaders to bridge their differences, which have created a dangerous political vacuum as US troops head home.
The US vice president met with senior Iraqi officials, including President Jalal Talabani, before wrapping up a Fourth of July visit designed to help Iraq overcome a four-month post-election stalemate in efforts to form a new government.
During the trip, Biden urged rival Iraqi politicians to select new leaders for their wobbly democracy without further delays, emphasizing that a government that does not represent all sides would not be successful.
Biden's discussions with Talabani focused on ways to move the political process forward, Talabani said in a statement, without giving details. Speaking to reporters before the meeting, Talabani also said the two would discuss ways to enhance Iraq-US relations after the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.