Yesterday, Mr. Obama talked with Prime Minister Aso of Japan and President Motlanthe of South Africa.
"The president expressed his deep commitment to the U.S.-Japan Alliance, which serves as the foundation for stability in the region," the statement said.
The two leaders also discussed the situation in Zimbabwe, with the president saying that "South Africa holds a key role in helping to find a resolution to the political crisis."
The statements also said Mr. Obama looks forward to meeting with the leaders soon. In case you missed it yesterday, the White House announced Mr. Obama will make his first foreign trip as president on February 19, to Canada.