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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of President Obama's Recent Calls on the Middle East

President Obama called President Sarkozy earlier today to thank him for his support for a comprehensive Middle East peace, and to consult on next steps to encourage further progress in the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.  The President noted that he had a productive series of meetings yesterday, and said that he believed the two parties were committed to achieving progress.  President Sarkozy affirmed his full support for the peace talks and his commitment to working with President Obama and the other leaders to advance the process.  Both leaders agreed to remain in close touch on this issue as part of their ongoing cooperation.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, August 31, the President called King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to discuss the situation in the region, including direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians and the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.