Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki today. Discussion focused on Syria, and both leaders agreed on the importance of a negotiated end to the conflict. The Vice President expressed concern about the security situation in Iraq and pledged continued U.S. support for Iraq in its fight against terrorism. The Vice President also spoke about the importance of outreach to leaders across the political spectrum. Both leaders expressed their ongoing commitment to deepening the U.S.-Iraq strategic partnership, as outlined in the Strategic Framework Agreement.