Hours after the announcement that U.S. President Barack Obama would not meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in New York later this month, the White House said that the two leaders spoke by phone late Tuesday night.
According to the White House’s statement, the two said during the conversation that they are “united” in efforts to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
“Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied,” said the statement quoted by AFP.
The two leaders, who spoke for an hour, “discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues,” it said.
“President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the White House tried to play down the reports that Obama refused to meet Netanyahu on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.