US welcomes formation of new Iraqi government

US welcomes formation of new Iraqi government

US Secretary of State John Kerry has hailed the formation of a new government in Iraq, saying it is a major milestone in uniting the country’s diverse community.

The Iraqi parliament has approved the formation of a new cabinet overnight, led by Haidi Al-Abadi as Premier.

The establishment of the new broad-based government is seen as a crucial step forward, in the fight against Islamic State militants in the north of the country.

Mr Kerry is traveling to the Middle East this week, to help build a broad coalition of partners world-wide, in an effort to defeat the Islamic State movement in Iraq.

He says virtually every country around the world has a role to play, in eliminating the threat of IS, whether in a military or a humanitarian sense.

Meanwhile, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has suggested Australia could send military trainers and advisers to Iraq, as part of the international coalition.

She says Australia has still not received a specific request from Iraq, but if it does, the government will then assess what role Australia can play.

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