John Kerry to Meet With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

The secretary of state is in Baghdad for urgent talks on how to handle the threat of civil war.
1:31 | 06/23/14

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Transcript for John Kerry to Meet With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
George. Turn now to the crisis in Iraq. Militants on the March capturing four more key towns, secretary of state John Kerry has arrived in Baghdad for urgent talks on how to handle the uprising. Jon Karl has the latest from the white house. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, this is a dangerous and high-stakes trip for the secretary of state. He just wrapped up a meeting with the prime minister Al Maliki that lasted for two years. Coming out of the meeting, he was heard saying that is good, but this comes at a time of mounting frustration with the government and the unwillingness to overcome the divides tearing that country apart. Shortly before he went to Baghdad, the secretary of state suggested it's time for new leadership. And the president suggests that as well, even though it's not up to him to pick the Iraqi leaders. We have 300 advisers in the region prepared to go, about a hundred heading into Baghdad. Can they make a difference with the Iraqi army crumbling? Reporter: There's no optimism they will make a difference unless they can make progress on the political issues. Those militants have a degree of support along the Sunni population in the north, there is no faith in the government. They are not calling for Maliki to go, make no mistake, the view in the white house and in the administration is that he must go if there is to be a resolution here. Thanks very much.

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