Obama talks with German, Spanish leaders ahead of G20
US President Barack Obama spoke Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ahead of a G20 summit, with talks centered on economic and financial issues, the White House said.
The phone calls took place as leaders prepared for the Group of 20 summit to be held June 26-27 in Toronto.
With Merkel, Obama "discussed the importance of continuing to take resolute steps to foster a durable recovery and to strengthen financial regulation, looking ahead to the G20 meeting in Canada," White House spokesman Bill Burton said.
The US president "values his excellent relationship with the chancellor, and he expressed his appreciation for their continued strong cooperation," Burton added.
With Zapatero, the US leader "expressed support for the difficulty but necessary... economic actions that... Zapatero has taken in recent weeks to strengthen Spain's economy."
He also thanked the Spanish leader "for excellent cooperation during the Spanish EU presidency, particularly progress on counterterrorism and addressing the threat posed by Iran."
With both leaders, Obama expressed "his interest in rapid action by the EU to resume the terrorist finance tracking program."
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