In a phone call today between the two leaders, President Barack Obama thanked Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi for helping to assist with the ceasefire between Hamas in Gaza and Israel.

"President Obama spoke to President Morsi today," a read-out of the phone call states. "The President thanked President Morsi for his efforts to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and for his personal leadership in negotiating a ceasefire proposal. President Morsi expressed appreciation for President Obama’s efforts in this regard. President Obama and President Morsi agreed on the importance of working toward a more durable solution to the situation in Gaza."

The read-out concludes, "President Obama reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Egypt, and welcomed President Morsi's commitment to regional security."

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