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The Takeaway: US sees role for 'all parties' in inclusive Iraqi national dialogue  

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jennifer Gavito says that "we’ll take our cues from Iraq" regarding government formation.
Iraqi protester waving the Iraqi flag in Al Tahrir Square on May 25, 2021 in Baghdad, Iraq.

With the continued stalemate in Iraq’s deepening political crisis, the United States is encouraging the country’s leaders to engage in an inclusive, constructive dialogue that involves all key political figures and blocs in an Iraqi-driven process.

“What happens next, whether it's early elections or formation of the government, is for the Iraqis themselves to decide,” US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran and Iraq Jennifer Gavito told Al-Monitor in a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday.

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