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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President's Videoconference with Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande and Prime Minister Monti

Earlier today President Obama held a videoconference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.  They discussed developments in Europe, following up on the discussions held at the G-8 Camp David Summit and at the informal meeting of European Union Leaders last week.  Leaders agreed to continue to consult closely as they prepare to meet at the G-20 Summit in Mexico next month.  Leaders also discussed recent developments in Syria and their shared perspectives on the importance of ending the violence of the government against its own people and the urgency of achieving a political transition.