THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
September 8, 2014
Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia
President Obama spoke with Australian Prime Minister Abbott this evening to discuss the situation in Iraq. The President thanked the Prime Minister for Australia’s contributions to humanitarian air drops in northern Iraq and logistics support of resupply missions. The two leaders discussed the need to continue addressing both the ongoing humanitarian situation as well as the threat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses to Iraq and the broader region. The President underscored that the United States will continue to coordinate closely with Australia on ISIL and other national security priorities.