WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Charles B. Rangel released the following statement after the President's remarks on the recent advances by militant groups in Iraq:
"President Obama sent a clear message today to the leaders of Iraq, asking them to lead their country forward by making tough and necessary decisions to create a compromise to halt the current spiral of violence. He emphasized that Iraqi leaders must set aside sectarian differences to promote stability and account for the legitimate interests of all of Iraq's diverse communities. In order to do this, Iraq's leaders must strengthen and support the country's security forces, and ensure that these forces uphold their solemn duty to the Iraqi people. This is a critical time that demands swift and smart action from Iraqi leaders, and I join the President's call for them to rise to the challenge posed by this recent terrorist offensive."
"I was pleased to hear the President say this afternoon that he will keep U.S. troops out of combat in Iraq. I agree with this decision. With my colleagues in Congress, I look forward to receiving consistent updates from the White House as the President weighs options for military, advisory, or humanitarian support to improve stability and governance in Iraq."
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