Obama, Romney trade phone calls with Netanyahu

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, in the Oval Office, Sept. 28, 2012.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Updated: 3:22 p.m. ET

(CBS News) President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both exchanged phone calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, the day after Netanyahu delivered stern remarks about Iran to the United Nations.

According to a readout from the White House, Mr. Obama and Netanyahu spoke as part of their "regular consultations," and discussed "a range of recent security issues" as well as the president's "unshakeable commitment to Israel's security."

They also discussed the importance of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which was the subject of Netnayahu's remarks at the U.N. on Thursday. The call, which was placed at 11:00 a.m., lasted for about 20 minutes, according to the White House.

At around 1:30 p.m., Romney also called the Israeli Prime Minister, according to his traveling press secretary Rick Gorka. Romney told reporters the two discussed the situation in Iran, recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa, and "renewed our personal acquaintances again and talked about our families and our last visit together."

Romney also said he complimented Netanyahu for his address at the U.N. but joked that "I suggested that his graphic was not up to the normal Boston Consulting Group standards."

"No I didn't actually do that, but I was thinking that," he quipped.


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