Date
18 October 2017
Haider al-Abadi, a British-educated engineer, has been named Iraqi prime minister, replacing Nouri al-Maliki. Photo: Huffington POst
Haider al-Abadi, a British-educated engineer, has been named Iraqi prime minister, replacing Nouri al-Maliki. Photo: Huffington POst

Obama urges new Iraq PM to fast-track new cabinet

United States President Barack Obama has urged Iraq’s new prime minister to quickly form a new cabinet as Washington continues to wade into the fight against Islamist insurgents, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

On Monday, Iraqi President Fouad Masoum named Haidar al-Abadi as prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki amid increased fighting with the Isis rebels.

Obama said the appointment of Abadi, a 62-year old British-educated engineer, is an important step in the effort to end ethnic and sectarian divisions shaking the the country.

He said he had spoken to the new Iraqi prime minister and promised the US stands ready to support a government that addresses the needs and grievances of all Iraqis.

Last week, Obama authorized air strikes against Islamist insurgents who have seized a third of the country, threatening a prolonged civil war.

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