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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s call with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia

Today, President Obama called King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to convey his best wishes as Ramadan begins.  The two leaders discussed the current situation in Iraq, and the threat that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to the stability of Iraq and to the entire region.  They reaffirmed the need for Iraq’s leaders to move expeditiously to form a new government capable of uniting all of Iraq’s diverse communities.  The President thanked the King for Saudi Arabia’s pledge of $500 million dollars to help alleviate the suffering of all Iraqis who have been displaced by the violence.  The two leaders agreed to continue to consult closely on regional developments.