King Abdullah and Obama discuss Syria, Egypt



Agence France Presse

Published — Saturday 13 July 2013

Last update 14 July 2013 9:26 pm

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WASHINGTON: The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah received a call from US President Barack Obama on Friday in which they discussed aid to Syrian opposition forces and the situation in Egypt, the White House said.
“The President and the King shared their perspectives on the situation in Syria and expressed their strong concerns about the impact of the conflict on the region,” a White House statement said.
“The President emphasized the United States’ continued commitment to provide support to the Syrian Opposition Coalition and the Supreme Military Council to strengthen the opposition.
“The President and King also exchanged views on recent developments in Egypt. They agreed that the United States and Saudi Arabia have a shared interest in supporting Egypt’s stability.
Obama also expressed “serious concern” about the violence in Egypt following the military’s ouster of President Muhammad Mursi and underscored the need to return to a democratically elected civilian government, the statement said.
The US administration has refused to divulge exactly what kind of stepped up military aid it is providing to Syrian opposition forces battling President Bashar Assad.

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