Readout of the President’s Call with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

September 08, 2014

President Obama spoke today with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the need for greater international assistance to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  President Obama thanked the Secretary-General for recent steps taken by the United Nations to coordinate the global response and pledged additional U.S. assistance to bring the outbreak under control.  Both leaders also agreed on the need for a broad coalition to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to continue humanitarian assistance to civilians under threat in Iraq. Additionally, they discussed the importance of an effective monitoring mechanism for the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine and reviewed goals for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly, including at the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit and the United Nations Security Council session on foreign terrorist fighters that the President will chair.

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