Obama: Al-Abadi the right man to lead Iraq

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Posted: Sep 24, 2014 12:41 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama says new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY'-dahr ahl ah-BAH'-dee) is the right person to lead Iraq as the country faces an enormous threat from the Islamic State group.

Obama is holding his first one-on-one meeting with al-Abadi since he took office this month. Obama says he's impressed that al-Abadi understands there must be political change for Iraq to succeed. He's crediting al-Abadi with reaching out to all sectarian groups and articulating a vision of reform. Obama says the U.S. fully supports that vision.

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The leaders met in the U.N. Security Council just after Obama spoke to the U.N. General Assembly.

Al-Abadi says through a translator that Obama has promised weapons and supplies for Iraq's armed forces. He's calling for that assistance to be delivered quickly.