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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi looks on during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of a meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden offered Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi the support of the United States in the country's political reform efforts, the White House said on Friday.

It said that in a phone call with Abadi, Biden "also underscored the critical importance of sustaining  momentum" in fighting the Islamic State militant group and "reviewed ongoing U.S. efforts to support Iraqi Security Forces."

(Reporting by Alana Wise; editing by Grant McCool)

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