US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia discussed the on-going situation in Egypt in a phone call, the White House confirmed early Thursday.
“The President emphasized on the importance of taking immediate steps toward an orderly transition that is meaningful, lasting, and legitimate and responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” the White House released in a statement.
Obama also reaffirmed “the long-standing commitment of the United States to peace and security in the region,” the statement said.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is under siege after days of raging street protest also has close ties to King Abdullah, who has condemned efforts by what he said were “intruders” to interfere with Egypt’s stability.
Along with Egypt, Saudi Arabia is a key US ally in the Middle East and has played a crucial part of American regional strategy for decades.