September 22, 2014 / 9:16 PM / 5 years ago

Obama to meet Iraqi leader in New York

Iraq's new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sits before submitting his government for approval to parliament in Baghdad September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Hadi Mizban/Pool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will hold talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi while attending the United Nations General Assembly this week, the White House said on Monday.

It will be Obama’s first face-to-face meeting with al-Abadi since the Iraqi took over as prime minister this past summer and began forming a more inclusive government that Washington hopes will counter the threat of the Islamic State group.

Also while in New York, Obama will hold meetings with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Egyptian President Abdelfattah Al Sisi.

On Oct. 1 in Washington, Obama with sit down for White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler

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