by Editor | June 24, 2014 3:42 am
CNN – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraqi leaders Monday as radical Sunni militants continue their march toward Baghdad during the country’s tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011.
“The future of Iraq depends on decisions made in the next few days and weeks,” Kerry said after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the man who some observers say needs to step down.
Al-Maliki has agreed to a July 1 deadline to begin the process to form a new government, a requirement for U.S. assistance in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, Kerry said.
“Our support will be intense, sustained,” and will be effective if Iraqi leaders unite to face the militant threat, he said.
With al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government losing more ground to ISIS, Kerry implored the leader to rise above “sectarian motivations” to become more inclusive and make the government more representative of Iraq’s population.
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