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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the move "sets the stage for a historic and peaceful transition of power in Iraq."
The U.N. Security Council urged al-Abadi to work swiftly to form "an inclusive government" that could address the country’s challenges.
The Islamic State group’s lightning advance has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, and last week prompted the U.S. to launch aid operations and airstrikes as the militants threatened religious minorities and the Kurdish region.
The European Union’s 28 foreign ministers at an emergency meeting in Brussels on Friday agreed to permit the delivery of arms and military equipment to the Kurds, provided it is done in concert with Iraq’s central government.
France has pledged to ship weapons to the Kurds, while Britain is delivering ammunition and military supplies obtained from eastern European nations and is considering sending more weaponry. Germany, the Netherlands and others said they would also consider requests to arm the Kurds.
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