Obama calls European leaders

US President Barack Obama on Friday spoke to the leaders of Italy, France and Germany.

Washington: Amidst a deepening European
financial crisis, US President Barack Obama on Friday spoke to the
leaders of Italy, France and Germany.

"President Obama called Italian President (Giorgio)
Napolitano today to express his confidence in President
Napolitano`s leadership and to offer support for the
President`s decisive action at this challenging time," White
House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

"He (Obama) expressed confidence in President
Napolitano`s leadership to put an interim government in place
in Italy that will implement an aggressive reform program and
restore market confidence," Carney said.

Obama also spoke separately with German Chancellor Angela
Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, continuing their
close consultations on the European financial crisis, Carney
added.

PTI