March 24th, 2011
06:14 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – While President Obama had no public events on his schedule today, behind closed doors his attention was focused on various issues in the Middle East.
In a phone call with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Mr. Obama thanked the Russians for support in implementing the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and their general support for the mission in Libya.
The two leaders discussed other issues within U.S.-Russia relations such as trade relations, missile defense, and Russia joining the World Trade Organization.
Meanwhile, President Obama gave his condolences to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for yesterday’s terrorist attack on the Jerusalem bus which killed one person and injured more than 50 others. In a statement from the president released on Thursday, the United States will continue to stand behind Israel.
“The President reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the call and said that Israel would continue to update the United States on the investigation into the attack in Jerusalem. The leaders agreed to remain in close touch on a range of regional security issues.”