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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Phone Call with Chancellor Merkel

The President and Chancellor Merkel spoke today to discuss their grave concern about the indiscriminate use of chemical weapons on August 21 in Syria.  The two leaders agreed that the use of chemical weapons is a serious violation of international norms and pledged to continue to consult closely on potential responses by the international community.