Biden discusses counterterrorism with Iraqi Council Speaker al-Nujaifi

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden discussed counterterrorism on Wednesday with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi following a series of terrorist bombings last week in Iraq.

Biden began the conversation by offering al-Nujaifi his condolences to the families affected by the terrorist bombings. Scores of innocent people were killed in the bombings, including school children.

Biden gave al-Nujaifi his word that the U.S. would continue to support Iraq, under the Strategic Framework Agreement, to find those responsible for the attacks, prosecute them and bring them to justice for the crimes committed against humanitarian and international law.

The leaders discussed an upcoming decision before the Iraqi parliament regarding the governing of upcoming national elections in 2014, and said the elections should take place no later than April 30, 2014. Biden urged al-Nujaifi and all Iraqi leaders to collaborate to finalize the election law as quickly as possible.

The leaders also discussed current events in the region and ongoing efforts to increase moderate forces against terrorism to protect the innocent citizens of Iraq.

The leaders concluded the call with plans to keep in communication about the challenges that continue to face the Iraqi region and its people.