Iraq may soon have a new government, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden remarked, according to the Guardian.

Biden, who visited Iraq with other senior U.S. officials for the formal turnover of the Middle Eastern country’s military command to the Iraqi troops, said he believes Iraqi leaders are close to creating a new government.

“The fact of the matter is I’ve been speaking with every one of the major leaders. I’ve met with every one of the groups that won portions of the vote in the elections and I’m absolutely convinced that they are nearing the ability of forming a government, that will be a government representing the outcome of the election which was very much divided,” Biden told CBS, as quoted by the Guardian.

Iraq’s parliamentary elections in March failed to produce a government after no political party won enough seats to form a majority. Talks between the two parties that won the most votes have so far failed to put an end to the political deadlock, the Guardian notes.

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