President Obama urged the quick formation of a new Iraqi government in a speech from Martha’s Vineyard on Monday.
“There is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq,” Obama said. “The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government. One that represents the legitimate interests of all Iraqis and one that can unify the country’s fight against ISIL.”
The president repeatedly spoke about a unifying government that takes into account the needs of all Iraq’s various sectarian divisions.
“Today Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort. Last month the Iraqi people named a new president. Today, President Masum named a new prime minister-designate, Dr. Haider Al-Abadi. Under the Iraqi Constitution, it is an important step towards forming a new government that can unite Iraq’s different communities.”
The president said both he and Vice President Joe Biden called Al-Abadi on Monday to urge him to form a cabinet that is “inclusive” of all Iraq’s communities “as quickly as possible.”
The president reiterated his support for Al-Abadi and President Masum while “urging all Iraqi political leaders to work peacefully through the political process in the days ahead.”
One person Obama didn’t mention by name was embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose attempts to cling onto power have put Iraq on the brink of a political crisis. His political future remains uncertain.