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Posted: Saturday, 01 February 2014 4:35PM

Vice President Joe Biden Discusses Oil Exports with Iraqi Kurdish Leader

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden spoke with President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani on Friday to discuss oil exports and the conflict over revenues.

During the call, Biden stressed the importance of the United States' relationship with the region, as well as the country's commitment to strengthening the U.S. partnership with Iraq.

In Friday's phone call, both Biden and Barzani confirmed the need for close cooperation between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi government. An agreement is sought for progression on issues of energy exports and revenue sharing, a White House statement says. There have been ongoing talks between Iraq and the Kurdish region to resolve a political deadlock, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In addition to oil, the U.S. Vice President and the region leader discussed efforts to combat rising terrorism in Iraq.

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