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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

The President spoke today by phone with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to express his condolences on behalf of the American people for the victims of recent terrorist and other violent attacks in southern Germany.  The President offered Germany the U.S. Government’s full support as the investigations into the attacks proceed.  The leaders reaffirmed the necessity of close U.S.-German counterterrorism and broader security cooperation.  The President and Chancellor also discussed the situation in Ukraine and reiterated the urgent importance of durably ending the violence in eastern Ukraine and of full and rapid implementation of the Minsk agreements.