Biden tells Maliki, Afghanistan decision will not come at the expense of US-Iraqi relations

The White House released the following read out of Vice President Biden's conversation today with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The two discussed President Obama’s troop decision on Afghanistan.

"The Vice President stressed that U.S. actions to reinforce Afghanistan will not come at the expense of the U.S.-Iraq bilateral relationship. Also, as he did with other Iraqi leaders over the weekend, the Vice President commended Prime Minister al-Maliki for working to find a solution to the election law impasse and encouraged an arrangement that would be fair to all sides and that would allow for national elections, as desired by the Iraqi people and as outlined in Iraq's constitution."