U.S., German leaders discuss refugee crisis

January 22, 2016 10:49 am 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 — U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday discussed by phone the European response to the refugee crisis, the White House said.

Both leaders agreed that the upcoming Syria donors conference in London presents an important opportunity to galvanize global efforts to address the Syrian humanitarian crisis, the White House said in a statement.

Over the phone, Obama discussed with Merkel his plan to host a leader-level Global Refugees Summit on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September to secure new commitments toward refugees worldwide and provide more comprehensive support to frontline states.

The two leaders committed to working together over the coming months to help protect the millions of people whose lives have been upturned by war.

On the Ukraine crisis, Obama and Merkel underscored their firm commitment to accelerating the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all sides.

They also discussed ways to further bolster the robust economic relationship between Europe and the United States. (PNA/Xinhua)



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