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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s call to President Aquino of the Philippines

Today President Obama spoke with President Aquino of the Philippines to express deep condolences on behalf of the American people for the lives lost and damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the strongest storms to ever hit land.   Over the weekend, the President directed the Administration to mount a swift and coordinated response to save lives and provide assistance to alleviate the suffering of so many Filipinos.  President Obama discussed with President Aquino the need for a speedy assessment of what further American resources would be most helpful to assist in the Philippine recovery effort.  In the days ahead, the United States will continue to work with the Philippines to deliver whatever help we can, as quickly as possible.  The President affirmed that the thoughts and prayers of the American people go out to the millions of people in the Philippines affected by this devastating storm.