May 31, 2010 / 4:43 PM / 9 years ago

Obama urges Netanyahu to get facts on Gaza ship raid

Israeli naval vessels are seen near ships bound for Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea May 31, 2010. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday he deeply regretted the loss of life in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and urged him to collect all the facts about the incident as soon as possible, the White House said.

Obama, in a phone call to Netanyahu, also said he understood the prime minister’s decision to cancel their White House talks set for Tuesday to return home from Canada, and they agreed to reschedule a meeting “at the first opportunity,” the White House said.

“The president expressed deep regret at the loss of life in today’s incident, and concern for the wounded,” it said. “The president also expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning’s tragic events as soon as possible.”

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick, Editing by Sandra Maler

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