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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Monti of Italy

President Obama spoke with Italian Prime Minister Monti earlier today, continuing his discussions with European leaders on economic developments in the eurozone.  Their conversation follows recent statements by European officials regarding their commitment to preserve the euro.  The President has been in regular contact with Europe’s leaders on the state of the European economy, and today he reiterated his support for decisive action to resolve the crisis.   The President also expressed his concerns about Syria and emphasized the need for close cooperation between the U.S. and our European allies in pressuring the Assad regime and supporting the Syrian people.