Biden, Kadhimi meet ahead of summit on security in Jeddah
US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi met ahead of the Jeddah Security and Development Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on Saturday, July 16, and released a shared statement.

The importance of facing corruption in order to build trust in Iraq's official institutions and economic development was discussed, the joint statement announced.
Biden said "a stable, unified, prosperous and sovereign Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region” is important to the US.
In talks about the relationship and partnership between Iraq and the US, Biden and Kadhimi both agreed on stronger security coordination to prevent the Islamic State (ISIS) from a resurgence in the country.
The US president praised Iraq’s repatriation of ISIS families from Syria and Baghdad’s prosecution of ISIS militants, Iraqi News Agency (INA) said.
There was also an agreement on their commitment to the Strategic Framework Agreement, signed in 2008, and the two leaders reiterated the need for a new government to be formed in Baghdad, INA reported.
Biden is attending a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council also known as GCC+3 which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Leaders of Egypt, Jordan and Iraq are also part of the summit.
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