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IRAQI LEADER CITES SECURITY, CANCELS WHITE HOUSE VISIT

Published Oct. 6, 2014

WASHINGTON

Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, has canceled a scheduled visit to the White House, citing "concerns about the security situation there."

Speaking to reporters in Baghdad, Abadi said that he had been looking forward to visiting the White House but that recent reports had "given me the willies."

"They really need to get on top of things there," he said. "Until they do, I'm better off staying in Iraq."

The prime minister's decision comes only one day after a White House visit was abruptly cancelled by Ashraf Ghani, the new president of Afghanistan.

Ghani declined President Barack Obama's invitation early Tuesday, reportedly asking the president, "Can't we just do this over Skype?"

Andy Borowitz, newyorker.com ©Conde Nast