Obama commends Netanyahu on ceasefire pledge
Washington: US President Barack Obama Wednesday spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and commended him for agreeing to the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire with the Hamas.
"The President expressed his appreciation for the Prime Minister`s efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and a more durable solution to this problem," the White House said in a statement after the telephone call between the two leaders.
During the call, Obama said that the US would use the opportunity offered by a ceasefire to intensify efforts to help Israel address its security needs, especially the issue of the smuggling of weapons and explosives into Gaza.
Obama said he is committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other US-Israel missile defence programmes.
According to the White House, Obama expressed his appreciation for Netanyahu`s efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and a more durable solution to this problem.
"The President made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians," the White House said, adding that Obama reiterated his commitment to Israeli security.
The White House statement came moments after the US Secretary of State announced in Egypt the details of the ceasefire.
Earlier in the day, Clinton met the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for half an hour in Ramallah.
Later, Obama also spoke with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Mursi, and commended him for his effort on negotiating the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
"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," the White House said.
The two leaders agreed on the importance of working toward a more durable solution to the situation in Gaza, it added.
"President Obama reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Egypt, and welcomed President Morsi`s commitment to regional security," the White House said.
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